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February 21, 2011

Days of Pikesville Rye may return with Sloop Betty

Pikesville Supreme Rye Whiskey hasn't been locally owned since the early 1980s. And many, if not all, of Maryland's distillers breathed their last gasp in the 70s. But, in March, two brothers, Christopher and Jon Cook, will become the state's first distillers in 40 years. That's when they plan to start making a premium wheat vodka called Sloop Betty, reporter Jill Rosen writes in today's paper. The vodka will also be unique nationwide:

Bill Owens, president of the American Distilling Institute, says only 254 companies, all of them small, are making craft spirits. Seven years ago, when the Cooks first thought of trying it, there were fewer than 100.

It's not clear yet who will carry the vodka - the brothers haven't signed their distributor agreement yet. But it's probably safe to say that some places that still carry Pikesville Rye - like Idle Hour and the Pinehurst Wine Shoppe in North Baltimore - will.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:33 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Brewing News


They're not making rye, because things like rye and whiskey is difficult to get right. Vodka is basically grain alcohol and water (flavoring if desired).

Whiskey takes years to age, they're probably making clear stuff like vodka first so they can make some money while it ages.

You got me all excited...I thought Rye Rye was coming to Pikesville to play a show... :-(

Now this is the Rye Rye I'd like to hear more about!

They're not actually distilling. They have no still. They are buying distillate from other sources and further filtering it.

Bartenders (2218 Boston Street) will be carrying Sloop Betty. In fact it will be one of our" Featued Spirits" throughout April with free samples and a cocktail challenge every Wednesday from 6-8pm. One of those Wednesdays the distillers themselves will be on hand to support Sloop Betty. Check our Facebook Page : Bartenders Pub for updated information.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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