Replay: Rye Whiskey: America’s First Native Whiskey
Before there was bourbon, there was rye whiskey. The first whiskey style to take hold in America originated in the farmlands of the early west and grew up with the country. Though bourbon came behind it, rye kept a solid grip on drinkers’ palates for centuries until it was virtually wiped out by Prohibition and declining demand.
Now we’re in a rye renaissance, with distillers large and small creating and reviving unique expressions of rye.
In this chat, Susannah Skiver Barton, Whiskey expert and Spirits writer will explore the origins of rye whiskey in America with panelist Herman C. Mihalich, founder of Dad’s Hat Rye, and Beam Suntory Education Manager Bradford Lawrence. They will also look at how rye whiskey shaped the country’s social, political and economic fortunes, and why it’s making a return now.
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