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Episode 5: The Napoleon of Temperance

June 16, 2017

In 1855, a riot broke out in Portland, Maine. The militia fired into a crowd of angry citizens, leaving one person dead. The cause? The mayor, a leader of the crusade to ban alcohol, was hiding barrels of rum in city hall. In this episode, we tell the story of Neal Dow, the man known as the Napoleon of Temperance, who became mayor of Portland and helped build the emerging Republican Party before being disgraced by the outbreak of the riot.

Co-hosted with Joey Brunelle of the Born Yesterday Podcast. Featuring Herb Adams.

Cold Black Strap recipe

  • 2oz amber rum (50:50 mix of Smith and Cross and Plantation 5 Year recommended)
  • 1 tbs blackstrap molasses
  • 1oz cold water
  • fresh nutmeg for garnish

In a rocks glass, dissolve molasses in water. Add rum and fill with cracked ice. Grate nutmeg on top.

Optional: for “grog”, add 1/2oz lime juice.

Hot Black Strap recipe

  • 2oz amber rum (50:50 mix of Smith and Cross and Plantation 5 Year recommended)
  • 1 tbs blackstrap molasses
  • 2oz hot water
  • fresh nutmeg for garnish

In a mug, dissolve molasses in water. Add rum and garnish with nutmeg.

Source: Imbibe! by David Wondrich

Recommended Sources:

  • Byrne, Frank. Prophet of Prohibition: Neal Dow and His Crusade. Peter Smith Pub Inc, 1969.
  • Behr, Edward. Prohibition: Thirteen Years that Changed America. Arcade Publishing, 1996.
  • Grasse, Steven. Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History. Abrams Image, 2016.

Music from the Episode:

2:39 Here’s to Neal Dow by Troy Bennett
5:07 Portland Town by Schooner Fair (Copyright Steve Romanoff, Outer Green Records)
13:23 The President’s March by US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
27:35 Wild Rover by Slainte
45:57 Paddy on the Handcar by US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
46:53 Intended Force by Kevin Macleod of Incompetech.org
50:01 Star of the County Down by Slainte

Theme song “Fathom the Bowl Instrumental” by Harry Aspinwall.
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