Schenley Industries

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Some old Schenley bourbon whiskey bottles from the 1940s

Schenley was a liquor company based in New York, N.Y. with headquarters in the Empire State Building and a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. It owned several brands of Bourbon whiskey, including Schenley, The Old Quaker Company, Golden Wedding Rye, I.W. Harper (Named after proprietor Isaac Wolfe Bernheim) and possibly others. It also owned a controlling interest in Blatz beer and made a Canadian whisky called Schenley Reserve, also called Schenley Black Label. It was the only liquor available to submarine officers at Midway in World War II, where it was held in low regard and known as "Schenley's Black Death".[1]

Schenley was acquired by the financier Meshulam Riklis in 1968. He sold the company to Guinness in 1987. Schenley had formerly imported Guinness into the United States.[2]

The company sponsored the Schenley Award in the Canadian Football League for many decades. The trophy is still awarded for outstanding play, but the company does not sponsor the award.


  1. ^ I. J. Galantin, Edward Beach. Take Her Deep!. Naval Institute Press. p. 49. 
  2. ^ Guinness Agrees to Buy Schenley From Riklis

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