The countdown begins as we fill our first PA Rye Whiskey barrels with whiskey distilled in Lancaster County, PA. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of delicious Rye Whiskey we distilled prior to opening to help pass the time.
To become American Straight Rye Whiskey we need at least 2 years of barrel aging in a charred, new oak barrel at 125 Proof or less. To carry on tradition taught by Charlie Beam to Dick Stoll, our Rye Whiskey is proofed down to 109 before entering the barrel. Stay tuned for updates on the whiskey as it ages on Facebook and Instagram.
Column still churning away as Dick Stoll distills Rosen Rye for 1st time in 50 years at Stoll and Wolfe Distillery. Learn more about the journey from 5ozs of seed to 500lbs of grain here.
Thank you to everyone including Delaware Valley Fields Foundation‘s SeedSpark Campign, the Agriculture Department of Penn State University, the many Pennsylvania Farmers who turned 5ozs of seed into 500lbs over 4 years, and team of friends/colleagues who’ve shared so freely of themselves and their knowledge.
PENNSYLVANIA WHISKEY BLOG: 1st BATCH OF ROSEN RYE IN DECADES.
“American whiskey nerds rejoice- Stoll & Wolfe Distillery in Lititz, PA has done a thing. A big thing. One of the amazing and unique things about the rye whiskey that was distilled in Pennsylvania is that much of it was made with a variety of rye called Rosen rye. On the earliest Michter’s jugs, it was even specifically called out as the variety of grain used to produce the Michter’s Pot Still Whiskey.” Read the full post.
FERMENTED ADVENTURE: HISTORY IN THE DISTILLING
“Dick Stoll was the last man to distill Rosen rye into whiskey at Michter’s Distillery in Schaefferstown, Pa. Liquid began to flow into the still and Dick looked on with a very watchful eye. It was an emotional moment for Erik Wolfe as he explained the process of what was about to take place in the distillation. Finally, all of the hard work and preparation would become a reality.” Read the full post.
At 9am this morning Dick Stoll opened the steam valve heating Rosen Rye mash for the first time in 50 years. Thank you to everyone who came out to witness the occasion. Now the mash is cooked and cooled, yeast is pitched and fermentation is bubbling away.
The project is made possible through tireless efforts by Delaware Valley Fields Foundation’s SeedSpark Campaign and the Agricultural Department at Penn State University in State College, PA. We’re thankful to be involved in such a historic project and appreciate their years of hard work and dedication to returning Rosen Rye to Pennsylvania.
Started in 2015 with only 5 ozs of grain sourced from the USDA, after four harvests there’s enough grain to spare 500lbs for distillation while ensuring enough seed for next year’s crop.
Honored to announce Stoll and Wolfe Blend of Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys scored 93 “Excellent, Highly Recommended” at the recent 2019 Ultimate Spirits Competition in New York. The whiskey received additional honors as a Top 3 Finish in Category earning a Finalist Award.
A Blend of 80% Bourbon and 20% Rye our Blend of Straight Bourbon and Straight Rye Whiskeys is Non Chill Filtered and Bottled at 86 Proof.
Honored to announce Stoll and Wolfe received two Silver Medals at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Stoll and Wolfe Bourbon and Rye Blend and Stoll and Wolfe Pennsylvania Rye both took home honors in their respective categories.
Silver Medal Criteria: Outstanding spirits that show refinement, finesse, and complexity; these winners are among the best examples of their catagories.
About San Fransisco World Spirits Competition: Founded in 2000 as a way to recognize exceptional products in Spirits Industry, considered by many as the most influential spirits competition in the world, judged by recognized experts in the industry.
Join us Friday, April 5th 2019 for the American Whiskey Convention hosted by the Delaware Valley Fields Association at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. We’ll be on hand to pour our award winning Bourbon & Rye Whiskeys. Legendary Master Pennsylvania Distiller Dick Stoll will be there to talk PA Whiskey Past, Present and Future.
“Mr. Stoll is the last member of a near extinguished legacy of distillers pre-dating the country itself; representing generations of dedication, commitment and skill hand crafting Pennsylvania Whiskey. Mr. Stoll began his distilling career in 1955 as a laborer and worked his way up to his role as master distiller of Pennsylvania’s Michter’s Distillery. Trained by C Everett Beam in both the Beam Family and Historical Pennsylvania Style, Dick served as both Master Distiller and unofficial steward of Pennsylvania-made whiskey. He is also, notably, the distiller behind the famed and highly collectible A.H. Hirsch Bourbon.”
“The American Whiskey Convention is an annual event, hosted by the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation, where you’ll interact with whiskey experts, distillers, maltsters and farmers. Each year, we create an event that celebrates American-made products and the men and women that craft them. We aim to educate and entertain our guests with exciting event venues, interactive displays, expert whiskey vendors, custom catering, and educational forums. Our guests participate in a grand tasting event, enjoy tailored items, accessories, straight-edge shaves, handmade luxury goods, jewelry and more. All of this takes place within the city of Philadelphia, a city rich with American whiskey history. We have returned whiskey to the state of Pennsylvania where American rye whiskey was born.” Follow links for more on the American Whiskey Convention and the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation.
“It’s under a two-hour drive from Philadelphia, but Lancaster County may as well be a world away. Drive carefully—it won’t be long before you come upon an Amish horse and buggy, making you feel as if you’ve been transported back to a simpler time. Of course, it’s not all country cooking and shoo fly pie; the towns of Lancaster, Leola, and Lititz are buzzing with energy—and bars and restaurants, too.
Just off the main street of Lititz, PA, Stoll & Wolfe Distillery is proudly reviving the art of whiskey making in Pennsylvania. Stoll, an octogenarian, trained with Jim Beam at a now-shuttered nearby distillery, and Wolfe is the brains and engine behind the business, with youthful ambition and energy. Together, they’re making waves in the spirits world; and despite their small-town origins, they’ve been named one of the top three rye whiskeys in the U.S.
The tasting room, where you can sample the tipples that have earned them recognition, is just off the main street; it has an inviting ambience, with dark walls and exposed brick, where you’re as likely to sit next to a spirits aficionado couple as you are a group of friends having fun.” Read the full article here.
To learn more about Stoll and Wolfe Distillery or plan your next visit, click here.
“Whether or not you’re a whiskey drinker, it’s difficult to imagine Lancaster’s countryside filled with rye fields and dotted with distilleries. Such a scenario existed during the 18th and early 19th centuries. According to an article read before the Lancaster County Historical Society in the 1920s, 183 distilleries had existed in Lancaster County in 1813. Twenty-seven years later, just ahead of the temperance movement and the Civil War, the county total fell to 102 distilleries (along with 135 grist mills and eight breweries).
A Perfect Recipe
What was the reason behind the proliferation of distilleries? A need grew out an abundance of rye grain harvested across the region’s farmlands. A surplus of rye could fall plague to ergot mold, a hallucinogenic, which some theorize spurred on the Salem Witch Trials. Rather than let crops go to waste, farmers could preserve their rye yield and turn it into a tradable commodity, a currency by the gallon or barrel.”
Click here to read the full article on the Lancaster County Magazine Site.
Boehm Transitions to Beam
“If I may interject a bit of foreshadowing before we temporarily depart from the subject of Kentucky, it’s of note that many early frontier-bound settlers traveled through Pennsylvania. Jacob Boehm was one of them, emigrating from Germany in 1740 to what is now Berks County, which was once a part of Lancaster County. The Boehm family owned land purchased from William Penn in Willow Street, where the Boehm Chapel stands to this day. The family name later changed to one you may find more familiar, “Beam,” which we see today on thousands of bourbon bottles from Kentucky. In 1788, Jacob moved to Kentucky ahead of a legal revolution in the distilling community.”
Click here to read the full article on the Lancaster County Magazine Site.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you…Today’s Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey Fest at Lincoln Financial Field is SOLD OUT. Heeded our early warning and grabbed a ticket? Good on you. We’ll see you at the show. Missed your chance and finding it difficult to go on? Never fear. Dick can often be found at the Distillery and Tasting Room in Lititz. Give us a call and or send us an email and we’ll let you know when.
Learn about 250+ years of local whiskey making tradition with Stoll & Wolfe’s very own Jim Wolfe.
Discover more about the people, places and products behind our local whiskey history and find out why the National Register of Historic Places recognizes our area as the birthplace of the American Whiskey Industry.
Have a historical item (bottle, book, photo, etc.) you’d like to share? Stop on by. Admission is Free.
To celebrate our upcoming 1 Year Anniversary – we’re announcing the impending start of our Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Series featuring both Bourbon & Rye Whiskeys released at varying proof, including Cask Strength releases.
Selected from our aging stock by legendary PA Master Distiller Dick Stoll, each barrel conveys distinctive aromas & flavors with every bottling offering a unique expression, untamed by blending and uncompromising in individual character.
Bottles will debut on Tasting Room Shelves on or around November 1st. Pricing tbd based on proof and total bottles per barrel.