Frequently Asked Questions
How can you ship bitters internationally? Aren't there strict laws prohibiting that? Can you ship bottles of whiskey?
Bitters are considered a mixer, not a base alcohol therefore the laws are very different. You can sell bitters at places without liquor licenses, and a business can ship bitters directly to consumer unlike actual bottles of alcohol. That is why we do not have actual bottles of whiskey for sale via Kickstarter; it is illegal.
However, once our whiskey labels are approved by the government, we will have our whiskey for sale online through a third party company that has a license to do so like K & L Wines. A spirit company cannot directly sell liquor online, much like it can't sell directly to consumers (in most states), it must go through another company.
Much progress has been made in making laws more friendly to small producers like us, mainly in New York. In New York you can sell directly to a consumer at the distillery, much like a brewery or winery.
We hope legislation in California and other states will follow their lead as we believe local and small distilleries are a historical, profitable, and enriching aspect of our culture.Last updated:
We've got quite a few chefs in the kitchen that make this thing fly. Linked below is a bio list of most of our folks...
These people are part of Workhorse Rye:
Rob Easter - Co-Founder, Distiller
David Gordon - Co-founder, Head of Operations
Rohit Acharya - East Coast Brand Development
Andrew Koester - Strategy & Events
These people run their own projects but also make Workhorse Rye happen:
Brenden Dobel and Patrick Murphy - ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Bryan Hermannsson - Pac Brew Labs
Carl Sutton - Sutton Cellars
Adam Krammer and William Jablon - Lucky Hand Beer
Alex Powar - Four Barrel CoffeeLast updated:
This is goes for bitters and spirits. Anything above 25% Alcohol. Since bitters have a base of 50% alcohol on average, they are stable. This is different for things like Vermouth, which is basically a wine product.
You need to refrigerate things like Vermouth, sake, beer, and liqueurs because they are lower in alcohol, but not spirits and bitters.
Never opened: they will never really change. Maybe in 80 years some of the particulate will congregate in the bottom and you'll need to shake it a bunch.
Opened: much like a bottle of whiskey, you got years and years before the flavor will eventually start to become a little volatile and weaken. Note, it will never go bad, but if there is more air than there is spirit/bitters, the air will eventually steal nuance and aroma.Last updated:
Kickstarter does not have a license to distribute liquor.
The government is very particular about how and through what entity a company can sell alcohol. We cannot sell you a bottle of whiskey through Kickstarter but we can sell and ship internationally a bottle of our bitters that are based on our whiskey, for reasons depicted above in the first FAQ.
That being said... Once we release whiskey, it WILL be available for sale online, but still never through Kickstarter, which we've established is illegal. What that means is a place like http://www.klwines.com can sell our alcohol to you, internationally. They have such a license.
Our label is now in the "Government Approval" stage. That means the label you see above has been sent to the particular department in control of alcohol (http://www.ttb.gov) and they are taking their time to send us critique. They are after all, the government. They get to take their time analyzing and they are not as excited to release this stuff as we all are. They pour over each and every spirit, beer, and wine label to insure that:
a. its not poison
b. the company isn't directly lying to the consumer
c. government regulated terms like "Bourbon", "Champagne", "Rye Whiskey", or "Tequila" are being followed to the strictest standards. These are all names that have serious meaning, and the government wants to make sure they are properly represented.Last updated:
The bottle of Coffee Rye Bitters is a standard bitters portion of 4 oz. (approx. 100-120 uses) and the bottle of Aged Pumpkin Rye Bitters because it is special and limited, is a bit larger at 6 oz. (approx. 150-180 uses). For uses and recipes for these bitters, please scroll above back to the campaign.
The pewter flask holds 4 oz.Last updated:
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