Latest update: June 13th 2009
ANCHOR DISTILLING COMPANY
The Anchor Distilling Company, established in 1993, is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits of many types and styles. Currently they are producing Old Potrero whiskey and Junipero gin.
Old Potrero single malt straight rye whiskey is an attempt to re-create the original whiskey of America. Distilled in a small copper pot still from a mash of 100% rye malt, it is aged for one to three years in new charred oak barrels at their small distillery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Rye was the grain of choice for America's first distillers. After Prohibition 'rye whiskey' was precisely defined by the Federal Government to require aging in 'charred new oak' barrels, and they have made this whiskey that way. The first American whiskeys were made in the 18th century, from rye, and in small copper pot stills, but it is unlikely that charred barrels were used. Although not the way it once was done, charred barrels lend a unique and interesting quality to whiskey.