Good Deeds Spirits Releases First Malt Whiskey Blend to Benefit Inclusion, Diversity Charity
Good Deeds Spirits announced its first-ever release, Good Deeds Malt Whiskey, a malt whiskey blend from nine different craft whiskey producers.
The 1,000-bottle release will be sold via Seelbachs on October 15, with 100% of proceeds to benefit STEPUP Foundation, the diversity and inclusion initiative founded by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA).
Established as an unofficial group of distillers back in 2017 – originally as a Facebook group of 100 distilling industry friends called “Good Guys Distillers” – the group formally set up a DBA as Good Deeds Spirits in 2021, with the intention of creating collaborative spirits releases, all with the goal of raising money to benefit important industry causes.
Good Deeds Malt Whiskey was created in February, 2021 from a blend of donated whiskeys from Balcones Distilling (Waco, TX), Bently Heritage Estate Distillery (Minden, NV), FEW Spirits (Evanston, IL), Headframe Spirits (Butte, MT), Rogue Spirits Distillery (Newport, OR), Santa Fe Spirits (Santa Fe, NM), Sonoma Distilling Company (Rohnert Park, CA), State Line Distillery (Madison, WI) and Thornton Distilling Company (Thornton, IL).
Blenders Johnny Jeffery (Bently Heritage Estate Distillery), Randy Hudson (Triple Eight Distillery), Reade Huddleston (Headframe Spirits), and John McKee (Headframe Spirits) blended over the course of two days in Butte, Montana. All of the whiskey was blended on-site, then returned to used Bourbon barrels to marry for five months before proofing down to 46% for bottling and release.
Good Deeds Malt Whiskey, the inaugural, limited edition offering, will focus on increasing inclusion and diversity in the drinks industry. Created by a handful of whiskey distillers who donated spirits towards a master blend, Good Deeds Malt Whiskey was created using donated whiskey from participating craft distilleries. Fellow distilleries and industry suppliers including Saxco and Tapi further supported these efforts by donating bottles, closures, labels, and their expertise.
The first Good Deeds release will carry an SRP of $75.00, with 100% of the bottle price to benefit STEPUP Foundation. It will be available exclusively via Seelbachs.com. Public sales begin Oct. 15, 2021.