A Michigan whiskey maker not too long ago teamed up with an area beer maker, and collectively they brewed up one thing distinctive.
Craft spirits maker Wonderland Distilling and Grand Armory Brewing partnered on a limited-edition whiskey, distilled from a Grand Armory-brewed strawberry IPA, which was meant for his or her “Grindage” collection of beers.
The brand new whiskey, referred to as LINK, is offered in restricted portions at Wonderland’s cocktail bar.
An announcement from the 2 manufacturers famous that Wonderland’s LINK Whiskey and Grand Armory’s Grindage IPA-style beers, which incorporates its Wheezin’ the Juice model, pay homage the 1990’s comedy, Encino Man, starring Pauly Shore and Brendan Fraser.
Shore’s character, Stoney, teaches Hyperlink, Fraser’s caveman character, to “wheez the juice” and “munch on some grindage,” which meant ingesting slushies from the faucet and consuming meals at a comfort retailer. The title LINK can also be a nod to US-31, the principle street connecting Muskegon and Grand Haven, the place the craft makers are situated.
To make LINK Whiskey, Wonderland distilled Grand Armory’s beer and barrel aged it for a 12 months. The distiller famous that the whiskey drinks like an quaint, mixing caramel notes on the palate with floral hints and berry on the again. It finishes with notes of oak, almond, caramel, spice, and a delicate strawberry hop style.
“All whiskey begins as beer,” mentioned Allen Serio, companion and chief advertising officer at Wonderland. “The hops convey an additional dimension to the completed whiskey, pulling the fruit notes to the entrance of your tastebuds. The way in which we see it, in case you begin with one thing scrumptious, like Grand Armory IPAs, then distill it, and retailer it for greater than a 12 months, you’re going to finish up with one thing much more spectacular.”
This whiskey’s bottle design additionally attracts inspiration from the film, wanting just like the film’s poster design on the entrance label … a map of Encino.
“Constructing relationships and neighborhood endeavors are cornerstone values for Grand Armory Brewing,” mentioned Ryan Andrews, co-founder of Grand Armory Brewing. “Teaming up with Wonderland Distilling in Muskegon to create a formidable product like LINK was an unimaginable expertise for us. It’s an honor to assist showcase the superb high quality and workmanship of the distilling and brewing industries on the West Michigan lakeshore.”