By: Daily Record Staff March 15, 2022
Distilled spirits bottling facility Barton Brands of Maryland announced Tuesday it is renaming its operations Iron Bull Distillery to reflect Baltimore’s railroad history.
The Distillery in Halethorpe, which opened after prohibition, relied on trains to bring grain and barrels. Just 20 yards behind the distillery runs the oldest railroad in the United States, the original westward rail laid by the Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania railroads.
In addition to the new name, the Distillery has a new logo. The logo features the image of a train which takes the subtle shape of a bottle. The train has a traditional pilot or “cow-catcher” front, with a crown on top of the smokestack, both features inspired by the historic John Bull train. A cloud of steam follows the train which dons bull horns. On either side of the train are coordinates for the state of Maryland.
The Distillery, which Sazerac Company purchased in 2008, has expanded its operations over the past two years and grew its workforce by 50%. Constructed in 1939, it has served as a consistent source of employment for the community over the years, with retirees having accomplished 20, 30 and 45 years of tenure, and today some team members have more than 30 years of service.
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