Hard Truth Distilling Co. celebrates official class designation of Indiana Rye Whiskey

Posted: June 15, 2021
Hard Truth Distilling Co. celebrates official class designation of Indiana Rye Whiskey

Hard Truth Distilling Co., in Southern Indiana Celebrates Official Class Designation of Indiana Rye Whiskey with July 3 Release Event

Commemorative event coincides with Indiana legislature’s plan to sign designation into law in July 2021

NASHVILLE, IND. (June, 2021) – Hard Truth Distilling Co., a destination craft distillery located on 325-acres in southern Indiana has announced the release of its Hard Truth Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey. Available starting Saturday, July 3, this rye whiskey is a unique, custom blend of rye barrels, hand-selected by Hard Truth’s master distiller and bottled at their state-of-the art craft distillery in Brown County, Ind.

This release coincides with the State of Indiana’s official Indiana Rye Whiskey designation, slated to take effect July 1, 2021. The new designation follows the federal requirements for rye whiskey — a minimum of 51 percent rye in the grain bill, distilled at no greater than 160 proof, placed in a barrel at no more than 125 proof — then adds the Indiana-specific requirements that it be mashed, fermented, distilled, and then rested at least two years in the state of Indiana.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Hard Truth will be hosting an event at the Hard Truth Tours & Tastings Center on its Brown County campus on Saturday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests are invited to come sample the new rye, enjoy live music and rye cocktails, sign a commemorative poster, and more. Hard Truth master distiller Bryan Smith will also be onsite from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to autograph bottles.

“Distillers in Indiana have historically produced some of the highest quality rye whiskeys in the world,” said Smith. “Rye is a notoriously difficult grain to handle through the mash, ferment and distillation process. Craftsmen and women here in Indiana have long shared secrets and tips and tricks, resulting in a quality standard which sets Indiana apart in the world of rye whiskey making. Hard Truth Distilling Co., is proud to be a part of the Indiana Rye Whiskey community making history with this law.”

Hard Truth Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey greets drinkers with a rich aroma featuring hints of vanilla and brown sugar, baking spices, dill, oak, orchard fruit and pear blossom. The taste offers crème brûlée, honey, vanilla, citrus, and black peppercorn, leading into a warm, dry, and lingering finish with nots of caramelized sugar, praline pecan, dill, oak, and pepper.

Available in 750 mL bottles, Hard Truth Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey is bottled at 100 proof with a 50% ABV. This high-quality, Indiana rye will be available at all Big Woods Restaurants locations and at the Hard Truth Tours & Tastings Center for $39.95 plus tax. The product will also be available at select retailers throughout Hard Truth Distilling Co.’s distribution areas.

“Indiana Rye — I like the sound of it, I love the taste of it, I’m proud to be part of it. What better way to let the world know that Indiana distillers produce the world’s finest rye whiskey?” Hard Truth co-founder Jeff McCabe commented.

“Rye whiskey is synonymous with the great state of Indiana,” added Hard Truth partner Jim Dunbar. “We are proud to be part of that heritage and tradition.”

“Kentucky Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey and Indiana Rye are the backbone of the whiskey industry in the USA,” noted Hard Truth co-founder Ed Ryan. “This custom blend of Indiana ryes is a tribute to those who came before us and a springboard to some really unique products that we will be introducing this fall.”

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