Move over barrel aging - there is a new trend in the world of spirits. The new spirit du jour that is popping up around town is white whiskey. The stuff is pretty much moonshine (and one of the brands actually goes by that name) - it's what whiskey looks like before it's put into the barrels that give the sauce its signature brown hue. The latest release to hit the market is dubbed Dad's Hat Pennsylvania White Rye - it's distilled at 100 proof (editor's note: yowza) and poured into the bottles without touching a barrel.
PA is no stranger to rye, it's been making the spirit for upwards of 200 years, so this craft label has some good pedigree. In the days before Prohibition, the state produced upwards of six million barrels of hooch annually. The launch of this label will surely be one step in reattaining that former glory.