A Journeyman Tradition: President’s Day Not A King Release

A tribute to our nation’s first distiller-in-chief, Journeyman Distillery’s Not a King Rye Whiskey is traditionally bottled just in time for the President’s Day holiday.

Following his victory over the British, Washington was celebrated by the masses as the King of America. He famously responded by stating that he was “Not a King.”

Handcrafted from grain to barrel to bottle with a mash bill of 60% rye and 40% corn, this limited release is an interpretation of Washington’s original rye whiskey recipe. Batch 5 takes drinkers back to the late 1700s with sweet spice and pepper reminiscent of the spirit America’s original settlers would enjoy.

Hearty flavors of rye come through at the front letting you know you are drinking rye, followed by traces of freshly pruned mint leaves. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, and allspice compliment the rye spice with hints of dried stone fruits at the back end and finish. “Many of today’s whiskey drinkers are rediscovering rye—breathing new life into classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and Manhattan” says founder and history buff, Bill Welter.

Hand-crafted from grain to barrel to bottle in Three Oaks, Michigan, the Certified Organic whiskey received a 5-star “Highest Recommendation” from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.

Take a step back in time with Not a King Rye, the perfect spirit for patriotic celebrations—on the rocks, neat, or in a cocktail like the one featured below.

The Founding Father
2 oz Not a King Rye Whiskey
1 oz Amaretto
Orange Peel Garnish
Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the orange peel.

Batch #5 of Journeyman Distillery’s Not a King Rye will be available at the Three Oaks distillery beginning Saturday, February 15. Search for a retailer near you at