With proximity to shipping by both rail and sea, this area a few miles
from Baltimore became a hub of liquor distilling in Maryland. Rye
whiskey was the most popular form of whiskey in the northeast, and the
Maryland style, less spicy but brighter than its Pennsylvania cousin, was
a top seller. Monumental, Heilman, and Calvert were just a few of the
distilleries in this vicinity.
In 1919 the 18th Amendment to the United States Consititution (Prohibition)
forever changed distilling in Maryland, and put the smaller companies out
of business for good. Soon after Prohibition was repealed Calvert was
purchased by Seagram's. Others, such as Monumental, resumed operation, but
like their ad here, gradually faded away and were bought out or reorganized.
Monumental continues now under the name Majestic Distilling Company but
ceased producing Maryland Rye in 1972.