Award-Winning Small Batch Distillery Set to Release Two New Whiskeys

Gray Skies Distillery will release their first straight rye whiskey November 7 and follow shortly with a limited-edition release of their Breakfast Bourbon on November 20. Both spirits will be available for purchase in their tasting room and through licensed retailers, bars and restaurants around Michigan via statewide distribution. Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey was aged in charred new, oak barrels for over two years and bottled at 90 proof.  Breakfast Bourbon was aged over two years and bottled at 87 proof.  Breakfast Bourbon spent time in two different barrels, starting in charred new, oak barrels before it was finished for 9 months in maple syrup casks. These two whiskeys bring the total number of American whiskeys Gray Skies Distillery offers up to five: Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey, Breakfast Bourbon, Breakfast Rye, Single Malt Whiskey and Michigan Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Each Gray Skies Distillery whiskey is painstakingly made from grain in 500-gallon batches.  Gray Skies proudly uses an inefficient pot still for its whiskeys to maintain maximum flavor at the expense of productivity.   Each whiskey is double distilled before resting in barrels on-site for years.  With five premium American whiskeys available and a growing, aging whiskey stock Gray Skies Distillery continues to define Michigan craft whiskey.

Michigan Straight Rye Whiskey is a perfect complement to the coming cold weather.  It’s the ultimate cocktail whiskey with a strong rye backbone that stands up to other ingredients” said Steve Vander Pol, co-owner of Gray Skies Distillery.  “Because this is a straight whiskey, no additional flavors were added.  My tasting notes include figs, chocolate, black pepper, and cinnamon.  This flavor profile was created using only grain, water, yeast and time in oak barrels.”

Breakfast Bourbon offers a playful twist on a typical bourbon whiskey.  Unlike our rye, this is not a straight spirit.  We infused maple flavor into the whiskey by taking a traditional bourbon and finishing it for 9 months in a barrel that was previously used to age maple syrup,” Vander Pol continued.  “The maple finish amplifies the sweetness inherent in bourbon whiskey and imparts a creamy mouthfeel to the viscous finished spirit.  These whiskey releases expand our craft whiskey offerings to five distinct spirits, highlighting what a small batch distillery can do.”

Gray Skies Distillery was named Michigan Distillery of The Year in 2016 at the 7th annual New York International Spirits Competition on the strength of its gold medal-winning Barrel Finished Gin.  The Gray Skies Distillery line up of spirits are currently available in hundreds of licensed retailers, bars and restaurants around Michigan. Distribution is currently limited to Michigan, but the distillery hopes to expand into additional states with future whiskey releases.

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