Baltimore Whiskey Company to debut its first whiskey, Epoch Rye, next weekend

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After two-plus years of patiently aging in barrels in Remington, the Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye is set to finally debut next Saturday.

The 100-proof spirit will be the first whiskey distilled exclusively in Baltimore in more than 50 years, the company says. Baltimore Whiskey Company, founded in 2015, has been aging the rye in American oak barrels since its opening.

Of course, the company hasn’t been just sitting idle since then. Signature products include Shot Tower Gin, as well as apple brandy, ginger-apple liqueur and a new line of amari liqueurs. However, this will be the firm’s first produced liquor matching its name.

And there will be lots of it. CEO Max Lents told Baltimore Fishbowl last summer that they have 43 barrels of whiskey that by now should be about ready to go. Each one is made with a ratio of 70 percent rye grain and 30 percent rye malt, a sign of “old-world craftsmanship,” the company says.

Lents said in June that his firm was running out of storage space, though that should change soon with the planned move to Union Collective in Medfield. The space is set to open this spring, and will include more production space and as a shiny new $100,000 “geothermal cooling system,” designed to limit the facility’s energy consumption for the cooling process used in spirit-making.

A release party for Epoch Rye is set for Saturday, March 17, at the company’s current Remington facility. Those who can’t make it will soon be able to order it at local bars or buy their own bottle at liquor stores around the Mid-Atlantic.

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