Partnering with Journeyman Distillery, we’re making spirits with our own organic grains, starting with a Rye Whiskey.
During the fall of 2014, Granor Farm began its foray into cultivating organic grain with planting just a few acres of winter rye. In July of the following year, with a combine that predated World War II, and an undeniable amount of beginner’s luck, we successfully completed our first rye harvest.
With the help of Journeyman Distillery, we discovered that our organic rye made for some pretty tasty whiskey. We’ve since modernized our equipment, increased our acreage, expanded our plantings from just rye to include wheat, spelt, oats, and corn, and constructed our own on-farm facilities for cleaning, drying, and storing.
Over the last four years, we have set aside some of our rye and wheat harvest for our own whiskey, currently aging in American White Oak barrels, with the remainder of our grains used by a local distillery, nearby breweries, and organic livestock producers. Later this year, Granor Farm plans to bottle its own whiskey, which will be available on a very limited basis.
As with all of our crops, we believe that our grains must be produced in a way that is good for our soil, good for the people that tend it, and good for those in our community who share in the harvest with us.
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