Goldwater’s Firewater

Written by Douglas Towne Category: History Issue: November 2013

Phoenix high society, however, often imbibed in the comfort of their homes, enjoying stockpiled supplies or booze smuggled from Mexico. “When Prohibition became the law of the land, my father bought the bar, the back bar, and the brass foot rail of his favorite saloon and had them installed in the basement of our house,” Barry Goldwater wrote in his 1979 memoir, With No Apologies. “The country went dry, but that bar was always wet.”