For the first time, Wolves, an American whiskey made in California, is releasing a variation of its unique signature blend into select markets. The majority of the Wolves signature blend consists uniquely of whiskey distilled from craft beer, with the balance of the blend comprised of Rye whiskey sourced in Indiana and aged in Northern California.
This run includes the beer whiskeys distilled from craft Stout beer, aged in used French Oak for 9 years, and whiskey distilled from a craft California Pale Ale, aged in used French Oak for 7 years. The stout beer offers a smoked leather element, while the Pale Ale whiskey is sweet and hoppy. The two Rye whiskeys were aged for 7 and 6 years in new American Oak. The rising heat and spice from the Rye cuts the sweetness and hops provided by the beer distillates for a unique profile.
This Rye-forward expression exudes the vanilla, hops, chocolate, and citrus that the signature blend is known for. We are honored to help share what Marko started long ago. I’m glad Wolves can help push the limits of how whiskey is traditionally done. – Jon Buscemi, Co-founder of Wolves Whiskey
Wolves Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic distills these rare California beer whiskeys over a 10-day period, sleeping in four hour shifts so that he alone can make each cut, selecting ‘the heart of hearts’ for double distillation. It is done is slow, alembic Brandy still that was imported to California from Cognac, France in 1983. Coming off the Brandy still, these beer distillates have massive body, and viscosity, and take oak exceptionally well.
It’s amazing that the whiskeys Marko has been making from beer for decades have not reached a wider audience. The body and quality of these whiskeys is on par with the best spirits in the world. – Jeremy Joseph, Wolves CEO and Master Blender
No flavoring has been added, however, the TTB requires the “Hop Flavored” designation because the whiskey was distilled from a refined starting product.
The card stock labels for the whiskey were made in collaboration with a local California wine label maker.
Priced at $145, the Wolves signature blend is limited to 1979 6-pack cases and will be available in select retail in October. Previous releases were only available on the Wolves website, and sold out in minutes.
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