New Liberty Release Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Bourbon


November 22, 2022

New Liberty Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher bottle

Philadelphia-based New Liberty Distillery announced the release of 100% Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

The first-of-its-kind, this heritage-rich spirit is a true experiment in Pennsylvanian terroir; it is aged in Pennsylvania white oak barrels for two years and made with heritage grains including Pennsylvania-grown Bloody Butcher corn, malted rye, and malted barley.

The 100% Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Straight Bourbon Whiskey is available nowfor shipping across Pennsylvania, and for pickup on-sitein the New Liberty Distillery bottle shop, at New Liberty Distillery’s satellite bar and bottle shop The Bar Cart in Reading, PA, and at Old City’s Art in the Age.  

New Liberty Distillery’s 100% Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Bourbon celebrates the states’ early agricultural heritage and unique agricultural landscape by celebrating its namesake Bloody Butcher varietal corn, known for its striking red hue. Sourced from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown, PA, located just 25 miles from New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia, the low yield and flavorful corn is combined with malted rye and barley from Deer Creek Malthouse.

This limited-edition 100% Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Bourbon continues to embrace New Liberty Distillery’s admiration for the unique terroir available to the region. Traditionally, barrels are created with American Oak sourced from all over the United States, most dominantly in Kentucky, Missouri, or Virginia, but the 100% Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Bourbon was aged entirely in Pennsylvanian American White Oak casks from Tonnellerie Nadalie Cooperage, whose barrel mill is located in Kittinning, PA. 

Tonnellerie Nadalie Cooperage sources its wood from the Western Pennsylvania forests, where American White Oak trees flourish. The soil composition in Pennsylvania varies with sandstone, shale, and limestone. This unique terroir imparts minerality, spice, moderate smokiness, and subtle notes of coconut and clove into the wood, in addition to tannins similar to those found in French Oak casks.

Charred with a medium toast, the Pennsylvanian White Oak releases a very intense aromatic complexity and fruit-forward palette. This culmination of Pennsylvanian agriculture lends itself to a balanced flavor. 

100 % Pennsylvanian Bloody Butcher Bourbon is available now in a 200ml size (47.5% ABV / 95 proof) for $24.99 and a 750ml size (110 proof) for $69.99. Created from a base of 70% Bloody Butcher corn from Castle Valley Mill and 27% malted rye and 3% malted barley from Deer Creek Malthouse, the spirit carries aromatic notes of Tree Sap, Brown Sugar, and Raisin. When sipped neat, imbibers will experience a front-end evolution of freshly lit bonfire, earth and toasted marshmallow that leads to a rich finish of spiced stone fruit and chocolate malt.  

In the early 1800s, European settlers in the southern United States blended their corn with a native variety, resulting in Bloody Butcher corn: instantly recognizable for its striking deep red kernels and legendary fruity, buttery flavor. Unsuitable for industrial scale farming, this heirloom variety is grown by very few farmers in the United States. To make Bloody Butcher Bourbon today, distillers’ source Bloody Butcher corn from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown, PA, just 25 miles from the distillery’s flagship South Kensington location, and combine it with malted rye and barley from Deer Creek Malthouse located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. 

In other exciting news from Millstone Spirits Group, the ownership arm of New Liberty Distillery as well as revived heritage brands such as Kinsey and ready-to-drink canned cocktail line, ALCO Liquor Company: Earlier this year, the company acquired Faber Distilling and all assets of Midnight Madness Distilling LLC. The $1.4 million winning bid acquires the Pennsylvania powerhouse’s line of Faber Liquors as well as two high-speed bottling lines, 160,000 square foot production facility, the craft spirits group amassing an impressive 12 medals at the ADI2022 International Spirits Competition.

Additionally, Cassell and Millstone Spirits Group announced two-time Superbowl Champion, former Philadelphia Eagle, and noted philanthropist, Malcolm Jenkins, as a newly appointed Board Member and Investor along with his holding company, Malcolm Inc. With Jenkins joining the ranks of Cassell and Millstone Spirits, the duo has plans to develop and distill a bourbon aimed at highlighting the disparity and lack of diversity plaguing the craft spirits industry by sourcing barley, wheat, rye, and corn exclusively from Black and Brown farmers.