During their studies in 2014 August Ullrich and Philip Morsink established a small start-up in their living room. “It was an organic compound of our two loves schnapps and America,” says Philip. Two years later, the student’s room has become a 5-person team and O’Donnell Moonshine is now not only sold to a few friends, but throughout Europe. Janet, Lea, Jan, Paul and Hugo are the team in the background helping spread the sweet taste of O’Donnell Moonshine throughout Europe.
The idea for this venture started during August first trip to the US. Hearing the exciting stories of the MoonShiners fascinated him. “In the US, this is everywhere and whilst here in Europe most people have heard of Moonshine, few have tasted it” says August. On his return to Germany work began, recipe were developed and quality distillers who could produce our moonshine with the care it deserved were located. Visually, August & Philip belived that it was important their moonshine be served in Mason Jars which were, of course, produced in the USA.
Edward “Spike” O’Donnell.
The namesake for our Moonshine, Edward “Spike” O’Donnell, was the leader of the South Side O’Donnell gang, who fought the bloody “beers wars” of Chicago during the 1920s. He rivalled the Salits-McEranle Gang and the Torino-Al Capone gang, led by the legendary gangster Al Capone, for control of the Chicago Bootlegging business during prohibition.
And, yer, long story short, “Spike” lost that war. But he survived more than a dozen attempts on his life in the process, including the first recorded use of a Tommy Gun in Chicago. In fact “Spike”, the only gangster from the Capone Era to successfully retire, became one of the pioneering forces behind the redevelopment of the Chicago area, advising politicians about how to deter young men from joining gangs. Always courteous, we couldn’t think of a better representative from which to name our moonshine, a defining character of the prohibition period who attempted to make up for some of the wrong he had committed later on in life.