David Epstein and Steve Revare both grew up in Kansas City, and have owned businesses based in town before. As soon as they decided to name their distillery after Tom Pendergast, they learned how their families were related to the Pendergast story. The Pendergast machine ruined David’s grandfather’s bootlegging business. Steve’s great-great-uncle, Maurice Milligan, brought Pendergast down on tax evasion charges in 1939. Serendipity told David and Steve they’d picked the right name.