The sloop Betty was a merchant vessel that plied the pirate-infested waters of the Atlantic in the early eighteenth century. On one fateful day in 1717, the Betty was returning from Portugal with a cargo of madeira wine when she was set upon at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay by none other than Blackbeard, who had strayed northward from his base in the Carolinas. The infamous pirate ordered his crew to take the Betty, in which they succeeded easily. But unable to resist her booty, the crew against orders broke into the wine and worked up a raucous drunk, eventually scuttling the Betty and sinking her to the bottom of the Bay.

At Blackwater Distilling, we pay homage to the ill-fated cargo with Sloop Betty Handcrafted Vodka, which we hope is worthy of its own mutiny.