Rye Whiskey Returns to Maryland

The Lyon Distilling Company, Maryland’s premier craft distillery, is proud to introduce the state’s first rye whiskey in over 40 years. The Maryland Free State Rye Whiskey is named in a nod to Maryland’s defiance of Prohibition by refusing to pass a single state enforcement law in support of the Volstead Act.

“It is an incredible honor to revive the state’s long history of producing this fabulous style of whiskey,” said co-founder and distiller, Ben Lyon. Once the fifth-largest spirits producer in the country, Maryland’s distilling industry steadily declined following Prohibition and ended in the 70’s, taking with it the beloved rye whiskey. “While there are a couple Maryland-style rye whiskies on the market, unless it is made in Maryland, it’s not a true Maryland rye,” noted co-founder, Jaime Windon.

From L-R: Maryland Free State Rye Whiskey, New Make Corn Whiskey, White Rum, Barrel-Aged Rum, Seasonal Dark Rum

From L-R: Maryland Free State Rye Whiskey, New Make Corn Whiskey, White Rum, Barrel-Aged Rum, Seasonal Dark Rum

The whiskey is available only at the distillery, and is produced in limited batches, with the current expression a raw white spirit, highlighting the spicy characteristics of the rye, and balanced by a subtle sweetness from the corn. The mash bill is 55% rye, 35% corn,10% malted barley. In coming months the distillery will also release lightly aged versions, currently resting in new American oak barrels.

Lyon Distilling Company also produces a white corn whiskey, along with a series of signature rums, all of which are distilled on site in traditional pot stills. With the introduction of whiskies, the distillery is pleased to note partnerships with Homestead Farms, an organic, 1st generation family farm in Millington, MD, and Slaughterton, a 14th generation family farm in Sudlersville, MD.

For more information, please contact the distillery at 443-333-9181 or liquor@lyondistilling.com


Maryland’s First Craft Distillery Opens On The Eastern Shore

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 1.48.39 PMAfter successfully navigating small town zoning, lengthy permit processes, and a government shutdown, the Lyon Distilling Company of St. Michaels, MD is proud to be Maryland’s only full production distillery to open in nearly half a century.

Ben Lyon and Jaime Windon, both spirits enthusiasts and young entrepreneurs, wanted to revive Maryland’s illustrious distilling history with handcrafted spirits. “Many distillers bat around the terms ‘craft’, ‘local’, and ‘handmade’ without any actual meaning. For a small distillery, it’s all about quality and integrity, so everything in the bottle we make here, starting with the raw ingredients. To be the only distillery in the state producing spirits in this way is exciting, especially for people who have never seen the process,” said Ben Lyon, co-founder and distiller at Lyon Distilling Company.

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 1.48.45 PMLyon Distilling Company launched with three varieties of rum: white, seasonal, and barrel aged. “Made with a combination of cane sugar and molasses, and distilled with traditional style pot stills, the base spirit has a complexity and body which simply don’t exist in commercially available products,” said co-founder Jaime Windon. “Our rum has already opened eyes about what small batch distilling is all about – from the first sip, there is simply no comparison to what most of our visitors are used to.” In addition to making Maryland’s only known rum, the distillery will also be releasing a series of whiskies and liqueurs in the coming months.

Lyon Distilling Company is open from 12-6 every day for tours, tastings and sales.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/lyondistilling, or contact the distillery through liquor@lyondistilling.com or (443) 333-9181.