Based in Box Elder, SD, owners Jerry Sailer and Randy Decker, both of Rapid City, have turned a seven-generation, Sailer family recipe into reality by producing flavored liqueur in South Dakota.
Jerry Sailer was educated in the art of “making alcohol” by his father when he was 15 years old. Jerry’s father also learned the art of “making alcohol” when he was 15. In fact, the five previous father and son relationships of the family shared the same bond. Making alcohol has been in our blood for a long time. The flavors you’re tasting today didn’t happen overnight. Contraband flavored liqueurs have been perfected from generation to generation. In fact, Jerry recalls the beverage his father passed onto him as tasting like “turpentine with a little lighter fluid thrown in for flavoring,” but, “it got the job done.” From that point on, Jerry’s dream was to own and open his own distillery.
In early 2014, Jerry’s best friend, Randy Decker, tasted the new creation and commented, “Now that is where the rubber meets the road,” and Contraband, LLC was officially formed. Two best friends, combining their skills and realizing a dream. What’s better than that? In May of 2015, the first step was taken to start the long, tedious process to attain a distiller’s license and move toward full-scale operation.
A little over a year later, we became the first licensed full distillery in South Dakota, and Contraband flavored liqueurs are popping up in more and more quality establishments. Keep a lookout for Contraband products on the shelves at quality establishments near you.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you might have about Contraband flavored liqueur.