Journeyman Distillery one of four craft distilleries collaborating on special blend

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By: Danielle Waldron
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An upcoming craft whiskey will be, more or less, one-fourth pure Michigan. 

Four craft distilleries in the Midwest are teaming up for a collaborative whiskey. Journeyman Distillery (Three Oaks, Mich.), Corsair Distillery (Nashville, Tenn.), Few Spirits (Evanston, Ill.) and Mississippi River Distilling Company (LeClaire, Iowa) will make up “Four Kings” Rye Whiskey, according to a release from Journeyman. 

Each distillery bottled 30 gallons of its own rye whiskey for the mix, according to the release, which will be blended and available for purchase in the Chicago area, though quantities are limited to about 500 bottles. 

Though collaborative brews are nothing new in the craft beer world, this whiskey collaboration is only in its second year, according to the release. 

“We all have distinctive ryes,” Bill Welter, Journeyman Distillery owner and distiller, said in the release. “I’m really excited to see how they marry up. It was amazing last year to see how four individual whiskies made such a unique blend.”

The one-of-a-kind blend will be unveiled and available for a taste testing from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, according to the release. All four distillers will be on hand to talk about the collaboration, sign bottles and even try it themselves. 

We know what our stuff tastes like and I’ve tried the whiskey from the other guys at different times,” said Corsair president and distiller Andrew Webber. “But none of us knows exactly what it’s going to be like blended together until we crack that first bottle.”

 
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