Got this press release today from the good folks at Templeton Rye. This is a true vote of confidence in the longevity of the rye-naissance. I’m loving the re-establishment of the rye distilling tradition, not just in Templeton, Iowa, but also in what was once one of the great rye-producing capitals of the U.S.: Maryland. Later this month Sagamore Spirit Distillery is hosting the grand opening of its Baltimore facility….
Who says the government can’t get anything meaningful accomplished?
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law this week SB1261, which designates George Washington Rye Whiskey—produced at the restored late-eighteenth-century-style George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon—as the Commonwealth’s official “state spirit.” Virginia State Senator Adam P Ebbin of Alexandria (my current stomping ground!) sponsored the bill.
As the second full week of the year is about to come to a close, I wanted to share some fine visuals from The Bluegrass State—particularly as it relates to Kentucky’s greatest contribution to global drinking culture. Enjoy Week 2 of The Year of Drinking Adventurously: bourbon and rye. To enjoy your own 52-week imbibing extravaganza, grab a copy of the book here.
On the latest episode, whisky writer Jim Murray stirs up controversy yet again, this time by naming Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye the best of the best. I also start the weekly holiday gift guide with the ultimate weapon for your festive cocktails (hint: it has something to do with Star Wars There’s also an update on my book tour for The Year of Drinking Adventurously
Tasmania has become the epicenter of the Australian craft distilling renaissance. Tasmanian rye whiskey- and brandy-making legend Peter Bignell gives us a peek inside his farmhouse operation, Belgrove Distillery.