News Brief

NPR: Rye? Is That, Like, A Kind Of Whiskey?

Scotch, rum, vodka, tequila even. Bourbon? Sure. But rye? A drink like from the pleistocene? Well, it's back. Whiskey from rye grain may be still a sliver of the spirits biz, but sales have tripled in the past five years. It's even in farming town Templeton, Iowa, according to NPR. Templeton Rye, sold in Iowa and 11 other states, is made from a grandfather's secret recipe. The actual production, however, takes place at a distillery in Shelbyville, Ind., with the aged whiskey shipped to Templeton for bottling. There's also the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., the "oldest continually operating distillery in the United States." Now Buffalo Trace makes bourbon for 17 different labels and there are a quarter million barrels in storage. Kris Comstock of Buffalo Trace says he's getting calls from bartenders in New York City and Los Angeles — trying to find Sazerac.

Recommend (4) Print RSS
2 comments about "NPR: Rye? Is That, Like, A Kind Of Whiskey?".
  1. Jim O'neal from Independant Media Consultant , December 27, 2012 at 8:44 a.m.
    Funny, "what's old...is new" continues, guess all the aging hipsters are switching from PBR's to Old Fashions (..but doubt they know how to make one themselves!)
  2. Karl Greenberg from MediaPost , December 27, 2012 at 12:45 p.m.
    Yes it's only a matter of time before it will be cool and hip to know shorthand