RYES & SHINE - 2nd Annual 630 Day!!

On Monday, June 30th, we hosted our 2nd Annual 630 Day Party... The theme was 'breakfast for dinner' and 'RYES & SHINE' was a big success!  I'm so thankful to all the friends new and old who came out to the distillery, braving the heat of the first Heat Advisory of the year, to celebrate with us! Kyle and I planned and prepared for weeks for this event, and it all paid off.  We had absolutely delicious food from Quincy St. Bistro.  Their head chef, Rick Lewis, created a fantastic plate consisting of red-eye braised pork belly, atop a bed of cheesy grits and greens, topped with a sunny side up egg.  I ate at least two plates of it!

When you think breakfast, you think coffee.  So Jacque DesMarais, a barista and coffee cocktail whiz from Kaldi's Coffee, created a great cocktail: Over Easy (RECIPE HERE) that combined Kaldi's Coffee cold brew concentrate, RallyPoint Rye Whiskey, Campari, and lime juice.  It was great.

And what's breakfast without a bloody mary?  Not one I want to be a part of!  So I also created a variation on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail: the Bloody Jake.  Homemade Bloody Mary Mix, Big Jake White Dog Rye Whiskey, and celery bitters.  (RECIPE HERE).  According to the attendees, it was also a big hit.

We had Alpha Brewing Co here serving some of their beers for those who wanted something different.  They were pouring their Topaz Pale Ale and their Imperial Smoked Black Ale... which was special because it's the beer that our joint collaboration is based on!  So that was a special sneak peek.

But the star of the evening, was the release of our brand new spirit: RallyPoint Maple Sunset!  It came into being as a single barrel of RallyPoint Rye Whiskey, aging in Missouri Oak barrels for 14 months before finishing it's maturation in an ex-bourbon (Knob Creek Single Barrel), ex-maple syrup barrel (Sweet Sophie Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup).  The Wine & Cheese Place provided the barrel after they'd produced their Sweet Sophie and it added a spectacularly creamy and smooth maple syrup finish to the RallyPoint.  It's truly one of a kind and will only last a short while.  Once it's sold out, it's gone for good.

If you can't make it to the distillery or to the Wine & Cheese Place in person, the only two locations on Earth you can buy the Maple Sunset, then click HERE and you can buy it on the TWCP Blog and have it shipped to you!!

Again, we had a great night that wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of many people, specifically the folks at Yellow Ranger, Rick Lewis of Quincy St. Bistro, Paul Hayden of The Wine & Cheese Place, Alpha Brewing Co, and Jacque DesMarais.  Working behind the scenes was the indomitable Kyle Albertson, Adam Larkin, Sammi, Johnny, Kara, and others.  We really couldn't have pulled off such a great event without you guys, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

And THANK YOU to all you whiskey lovers who came out to support your local distillery.  It's your great and continued support that keeps us going!