Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, owner Jerry Sailer 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 fifteen years old, the same age his father learned. In fact, the five previous father and son relationships of the family shared the same bond. Making alcohol has been in their blood for a long time.
The flavors you’re tasting today didn’t happen overnight. Their 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 decided it was time to take his dream and run with it, and Contraband was officially formed. Using the help of his friends, he took the first step-down the long and tedious road to obtain a distiller's license and move towards a full-scale operation. A little over a year later he received his distillers license and is now the owner of the first ever legal distillery in the history of Rapid City, South Dakota. Today, Contraband liqueurs are popping up more and more in quality establishments.