“One of the most familiar statements in playful circulation was to the effect that when a drink parlor was opened anywhere in the loop, the proprietor went over and threw the  key into the lake . The more famous hangouts had not been closed for a single minute for years and years.” George Ade, author of  The Old-Time Saloon .

“One of the most familiar statements in playful circulation was to the effect that when a drink parlor was opened anywhere in the loop, the proprietor went over and threw the key into the lake. The more famous hangouts had not been closed for a single minute for years and years.” George Ade, author of The Old-Time Saloon.

Through stories and photos, Key In The Lake threads the current identity of the whiskey industry to the principles of the past by honoring the historical figures/events that developed the rich culture of the intoxicating spirit. 

All photos and words on this site were taken and authored by Jake Hukee