Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is launching its fourth spirit with Town Branch Rye, a spicy robust whiskey style that has regained popularity in recent years, even in Kentucky, where bourbon reigns supreme. The new spirit will be distributed across Kentucky, as well as Ohio and Indiana. Many great events will be taking place in Lexington and Louisville to celebrate the new addition, starting next week.
Traditionally known as the key ingredient in Whiskey Sour or Old Fashioned cocktails, rye whiskeys are often chosen by whiskey connoisseurs and mixologists for their depth of flavor and slight spiciness. With Town Branch Rye, enthusiasts will appreciate the spicy floral aroma, then the light spicy rye notes of vanilla and oak, finishing with a peppery warm dry finish.
Distilled by George Washington with growing popularity until Prohibition, Town Branch Rye revives a style of whiskey with a history as rich as its flavor and aroma. Made from a mash of fermented rye grain, barley and corn, rye whiskey has a more assertive flavor than the rounder, sweeter bourbon, which uses corn as its primary grain.
The many Town Branch Rye kickoff events going on this month include:
Master Distiller Mark Coffman Bottle Signing at Town Branch Distillery, Sat. March 8
Where: Town Branch Distillery, 401 Cross St, Lexington KY (Coffman will be in the distillery building itself, which boasts two glass walls and copper pot stills. Bottles can also be purchased here)
When: March 8, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The public is invited to purchase Town Branch Rye at the distillery and have it signed by Master Distiller Mark Coffman. Tours will also be going on on the hour, with the last tour of the day at 4 p.m.
Town Branch Rye Kick-off Cocktail Party at Jonathan’s with Master Distiller Mark Coffman, Thursday, March 13
Where: Jonathan’s at Gratz Park, 120 W. Second St., Lexington
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 13
Cost: $20, includes appetizers and two drinks.
Call: To reserve your ticket. Quantities are limited. (859) 252-4949
Drink specials will also be available at nearby locations, including Bell’s, Parlay Social, Harvey’s and Henry Clay — more locations could be added. Visit the Town Branch Facebook page for updates.
Original Maker’s Club Lexington Launch party presented by Town Branch, Friday, March 14
Edition II Launch to kick off a new year, featuring member Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.’s new Town Branch Rye, a signature cocktail, and other products.
Where: The Livery, 242 Water St.
When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. March 14
Cost: $50. A limited number of tickets are available at: Theoriginalmakersclub.com/event-tickets
Louisville Rye Kick-off Weekend at St. Charles Exchange and Sidebar, Thursday, March 6
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: St. Charles Exchange, 113 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40202
After Party: Sidebar, 129 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40202. Formal Dress., 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
First Friday Trolley Hop Louisville and Rye Celebration at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Friday, March 7
When: 9 p.m.to close
Flights of spirits and highlighted cocktails with Rye
3 music acts (spinning 45 rpm records, old-school)
More events may develop and we will update here! Thanks for your support.