Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky is adding to its whiskey and bourbon lineup by introducing Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey. A name that hearkens back to the families distilling roots with Minor Case Beam.
“This is a direct link to our family lineage on our father’s side, the Beams. We are excited to share our family heritage and proud to honor our great-grandfather with the release of this product,” says Steve Beam.
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“My grandfather, Minor Case Beam, made rye whiskey in his day, before prohibition, which was his specialty. This rye whiskey is inspired by him and a tribute to his distilling legacy,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “His mission was to craft only the finest whiskey – we are honoring him, his passion for distilling and what could’ve been if prohibition didn’t occur with this straight rye.”
2 Year Old Rye Finished Another 6 Months in Sherry Casks
Minor Case Rye Whiskey uses a mashbill of 51%rye, 45% corn and 4% malt. The rye was distilled and aged in Indiana for 24 month in new charred American oak barrels then aged an additional six months in used Sherry Casks. The casks came from Meiers Winery (Est. 1890) in Cincinnati, Ohio where they were used for their award winning #44 Cream Sherry. Steve says, “The Cream Sherry provides a wonderful fruity note to the spiciness of the Rye.”
Custom Embossed Bottle a Tribute to Minor Case Beam
M. C. Beam and Co. Distillery – Old Trump Whiskey Bottle, Circa ~1900
The embossed glass bottle design for the new rye dates back to Minor Case Beams’ crest from his 1900s Pre-Prohibition distillery days. And yes, his brand was Old Trump Whiskey (you can’t make this stuff up folks!) The labels are letterpress and hand glued to the bottle and topped off with a cork topper.
“We wanted to incorporate his original logo as a special touch. If you look closely, you can see the letters M, C and B in the crest,” says Steve.