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“We had served all those years together,” Neil said. “And… we wanted to live the American dream we’d been defending. So over a glass of bourbon, we just kind of looked down and said, ‘Boy, if we can make this, we can sell it.’”
American Freedom Distillery’s signature bourbon whiskey pays homage to the brave veterans who rode into Northern Afghanistan on horseback.
“Somebody said, ‘Why don't you just call it Horse Soldier?’ And we're like, ‘Of course.’”
Neil said the five-year-old business has brought everyone together and doubles in growth every year.
“Our wives are involved, our kids lick the labels,” he said. “It's all about the American dream. And that's what we made: American spirit.”