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May 22, 2010

A sip of history

whiskey in the bottle-oThis bottle of Maryland Straight Rye Whiskey dates back to the early '60s, according to resident Sun historians Fred Rasmussen and Jacques Kelly.

It's so old the label has started to come off.

It used to be made up on York Road, but has been coming out of Kentucky for many years now, Fred said.

Potent and delicious, rye whiskey is still consumed in large quantities by Baltimoreans, whether it's made here or not.

Shot and a beer, anyone?

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:09 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Rye does seem to be undergoing a resurgence in popularity lately. Between myself and roommate, we just can't keep a bottle on the bar at home. It disappears too quickly.

I've had the supreme privileged of drinking rye whiskey with the Mr.s Rasmussen and Kelly. Truly a treat, and an education on the topic.

Growing up in Timonium, I frequently passed the old Ryebrook distillery in Cockeysville.

As far as I know the only brand of MD Rye still on the market is Pikesville Rye, now made in Kentucky.

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