Monon Bell Bourbon
UPDATE 11/3/17: BATCH 2 AVAILABLE!
124th Edition (2017 batch) Available while supplies last! (124th Edition Mash bill: 70% Corn, 20% rye, 10% barley)
Update: 4/4/17: Monon Bell Bourbon Wins Gold Medal and is named the BEST OF Category: Bourbon in the United States!!! Link here: http://distilling.com/events/judging/awards/
Update: 11/21/16: 123rd Edition (2016 batch): Sold OUT!
Monon Bell Bourbon is our very first bourbon release. We are proud to release this spirit as a tribute to those who do battle in this legendary football game between Wabash College & DePauw University. Steeped in tradition and heroism, this battle is for pride. Undying glory awaits the victors as the Monon Bell’s beautiful, clear ringing sings of their victory. In honor of these Indomitable Spirits, we humbly offer this bourbon as tribute. May tales of your valor live on and be shared over a glass of Monon Bell Bourbon!
Wabash is my alma mater, and though it is a tiny Div III school in the middle of a small town in the heartland of Indiana, it has left an indelible mark on me. I would not be the person I am today, nor be lucky enough to count the quality and character of my friends, had I not gone to school there. This football game played every year as the last game of the season is the definition of sport. These student-athletes, competing not for national audiences nor million dollar endorsements, instead lay it all on the line for their school, their teammates, and themselves. If the definition of character is what you do when no one is looking, then these players who compete at their very best as the eyes of the nation are elsewhere are great examples of the fabric that makes this country great. Quiet heroes toiling in obscurity. They seek not fame, the beautiful ringing of the Monon Bell sings more sweetly over the years. This bourbon honors them.
This game pits two schools against one another in a rivalry that exceeds almost all others in the nation in time and tradition. The oldest rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains where over 120 games have been played, the schools started competing in 1890 and have played every year since 1911. The 300lb Monon Bell, taken from a locomotive that connected the two towns, is the trophy. The inaugural release of Monon Bell Bourbon honors the 123rd Monon Bell Classic, which takes place at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN on Nov 12th, 2016. Wabash leads the overall series 60-53-9 and has won the last seven straight games.