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Four Kings Malt Whiskey

Four of the Midwest's top craft distilleries released a third collaborative whiskey in Chicago in April 2016.  Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, Few Spirits in Evanston, Illinois, Journeyman Distilling in Three Oaks, Michigan and Mississippi River Distilling Company in Le Claire, Iowa each contributed 30 gallons of malt whiskey that was blended into what is being called "Four Kings" Malt Whiskey.

This unprecedented collaboration started in year with the release of "Four Kings Bourbon" in April of 2014 and was followed with “Four Kings Rye” in 2015.  The malt was a blend of four whiskies, one from each distillery.  Corsair provide pecan wood smoked malt whiskey, Few added a malt with some influence from cherry wood smoked malt, MRDC added a sweet 6 row malt whiskey and Journeyman a traditional American malt.

The four distilleries all sent 30 gallons of malt whiskey to Mississippi River Distilling Company.  Those whiskies were blended and bottled as Four Kings Rye Whiskey in early 2016.  The whiskey is available exclusively in the Chicago market.

Four Kings Malt Whiskey

Our difference is our grain to glass approach

We’re surrounded by some of the finest grain fields in the world. It only makes sense to make the finest spirits from that grain as well. We purchase farm fresh grain, directly from the farmers who grow it. 100% of our grains come from within 25 miles of our distillery. Take our tour and you can see the entire process of spirit making from beginning to end. We’re one of a handful of distillers in the U.S. who take the “grain to glass” small batch distillation approach.

What “grain to glass” means is that we handle every step of the process ourselves, taking our fresh grain and make it into your favorite liquors. We sort and clean the grain and then mill it into a flour-like consistency. We cook the grain to make our mash and then add yeast to let it ferment. We distill the fermented mash and then filter it and blend it to proof. From there, it either goes into a barrel or a bottle. We bottle our spirits by hand. The important thing is that it is all done under our watchful eye, under one roof. We don’t outsource anything. It’s not always efficient but we pride ourselves on inefficiencies that result in a premium product. We know you’ll grow to appreciate our “grain to glass” approach once our spirits go from that glass onto your taste-buds!

Where to buy

Mississippi River Distilling Company

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