Fremont Mischief has partnered with ‘The Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sig Hansen, Captain Casey McManus and Captain Josh Harris to create ‘Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey’, available starting August 20th. The ‘Whiskey Slam’, an epic competition, will create two flavors of rye, aged on the rough, storm-tossed West Bering Sea or for a season longer on the smooth, frigid Arctic seas. Best of all, sales of both blends will benefit charitable foundations that support the commercial fishing workers.
“My Storm Tossed Rye is better than yours!,” proclaimed Captain Hansen, who took his barrels of rye in the F/V Northwestern and out on the Bering Sea, for a smoky, rich flavor with a hint of briny sea; creating smooth sipping for whiskey lovers and strong enough for fishermen.
“Rough water makes for rough whiskey,” said Captain McManus, “our Storm Tossed Rye is smooth, with woodsy smoke. People are going to love our whiskey. We bet it will sell out long before yours.” Captains McManus and Harris took their barrels on F/V Cornelia Marie on the smoother seas of the Arctic.
On August 20th, the ship-aged Storm Tossed Rye will be bottled and ready for purchased. Bottles will be labeled with the image of the captain and ship that aged the whiskey inside – and the first captain to sell out their blend wins the challenge.
Yet, everyone wins as sales of the limited-release Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey could donate more than $40,000 to the Seattle’s Fisherman’s Memorial and the Sea Scouts SES Propeller and the SES Yankee Clipper. “Commercial fishing is among the most dangerous work in the world,” observed Mike Sherlock of Fremont Mischief, “No one who fishes commercially is untouched. We all have friends, loved ones and family who have been lost at sea.”
This limited-release, and the joint fundraising, came through the partnership with Fremont Mischief and Captains Hansen, McManus and Harris, plus F/V Conelia Marie majority owners Captain Roger Thomas and Captain Kari Toivola. The vision for the benefit came from Sherlock and Doug Dixon, manager at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard. He brought on the beneficiaries, the Sea Scouts. “Sea Scouts train the next generation of people who, like all of us, love living and working on the water. It teaches young people to maintain, repair and operate larger vessels safely.”
Beginning August 26th, both blends of Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey will be available at the Fremont Mischief Distillery & Tasting Room, and through Fremont Mischief on-line orders (where legal.) Some local stores, bars and restaurants will also be serving the very limited-edition Rye – so be sure to ask for it when out enjoying an adult beverage.