The Wyoming distillery is celebrating the inaugural journey of mature whiskey barrels across North America’s Transcontinental Railway with this straight rye
Small-batch distillery Brush Creek, is set in the epicurean center of Bruch Creek Ranch, has announced the release of its first ever batch of Railroad Rye.
The straight rye whiskey traveled more than 1,200 miles across North America’s transcontinental railroad on a boxcar, before reaching its home at the distillery where it matured. Railroad Rye celebrates the history of its land, and the innovation that lead to exploration along the new western frontier.
“After more than two years in the making, we are elated to unveil Brush Creek Distillery’s first batch of Railroad Rye,” said Andrew Wason, managing director of Brush Creek Distillery. “This project was inspired by the pioneers ahead of us, and like them, we dream big and work tirelessly to push the boundaries in the spirits industry.”
In the late spring of 2021, 80 barrels of Railroad Rye were palletized in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and taken to Grand Worldwide Logistics in Chicago, Illinois, where they were loaded onto a Union Pacific 60’ sideload railcar, following strict engineering specifications, before making the long journey across the country. This past June, stakeholders celebrated the arrival of these barrels at the John Bunning Transfer Station in Rock Springs, Wyoming, with a barrel thieving and toast before the barrels were loaded onto trucks and taken to their final destination at Brush Creek Distillery.
The production of Railroad Rye aims to promote the historical significance that took place in the Utah Territory, where the distillery is now located in south-central Wyoming.
The inaugural release is limited to only 3,000 bottles, each sequentially numbered, and fittingly referred to as “Boxcar #1”. The distillery plans to release Railroad Rye annually, with each release showcasing a different mashbill, proof, and historical facts about the American West.
Railroad Rye, along with Brush Creek Distillery’s core line of spirits is available for the public to purchase and can be found in liquor stores, restaurants, bars, and hotels across Wyoming, Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, and select Illinois, California, Florida, and New York markets.