Wild Rye Rumpus

Hosted By New York Distilling Company

The New York Distilling Company is proud to help organize and promote New York Rye Week by hosting of the Wild Rye Rumpus from October 19-22. Below is a list of our Rumpus events, check back for updates and ticket information!


Thursday, 10/19 - The Renaissance of New York Rye

Panel discussion focusing on agricultural issues

By invitation only

11:30 – 2:30pm

Light rye-centric fare to be provided


  • Allen Katz, moderater
  • Mark E. Sorrels: Head of the Small Grains Project, Cornell University.; Fellow, Cornell Institute for Food Systems; Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.   A world-renowned authority on growing small grains
  • David Benscher, Research Support Specialist, Cornell Small Grains Project.  Responsible for statewide field testing of small grains. Helped Rick Pedersen with the early cultivation of our Horton heirloom rye.
  • Rick Pedersen – prominent farmer from Geneva NY


  • Includes a distilling day featuring the finishing run of rye whiskey along with active fermentation.
  • Rye focused smorgasbord
  • Guided tasting on rye (varieties and finished products) from the chef’s perspective

Friday, 10/20 - Rye Whiskey, The American Spirit

Walk-around Tasting

Public Tasting ($25) 6:30 – 9 pm

Light fare by Union Square Cafe

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Confirmed brands

  • Catskill Straight Rye
  • Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye
  • Dad’s Hat Straight Rye
  • Dad’s Hat Vermouth Finished Rye
  • Dad’s Hat Port Finished Rye
  • Dad’s Hat White Rye
  • Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye
  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye
  • Jim Beam Rye
  • Journeyman Last Feather Rye
  • Knob Creek Rye
  • Lot 40 Pot Distilled Rye
  • Matersons’s Rye
  • Old Overholt Rye
  • Ragtime Rye
  • Ragtime Rye Applejack Barrel Finished
  • Ragtime Rye Single Barrel / Cask Strength
  • Redemption Rye
  • Roundstone Rye
  • Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Rye
  • Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye
  • Sagamore Spirit Rye
  • Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye
  • Templeton Rye
  • Whistle Pig 10 Year Straight Rye
  • Whistle Pig 12 Year Wood Cask Finish
  • Whistle Pig Farm Stock Crop 001
  • Wild Turkey 101 Rye
  • Woodford Reserve Rye
  • Woody Creek 100% Rye

Saturday, 10/21 - Introducing: Empire Rye

Walk Around Tasting & Whiskey Marketplace

2:30- 6pm

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Empire Rye distillers participating:

  • Black Button Distilling (Albany)
  • Coppersea Distilling (New Paltz)
  • Finger Lakes Distilling (Seneca Lake)
  • Kings County Distilling (Brooklyn)
  • New York Distilling (Brooklyn)
  • Tuthilltown Distilling (Gardiner)
  • Van Brunt Stillhouse (Brooklyn)
  • Yankee Distillers (Saratoga County)

Sunday, 10/22 - The Wild Rye Rumpus Pig Roast

A Pig Roasting Rye Party

Featuring: rye whiskey, rock & rye, rye beer, rye bread, and ragtime music

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Public 2-5:30 pm

Coppersea Distilling providing 2 ‘Emperor’ Pigs – fed empire rye whiskey mash, Brooklyn’s own legendary Hometown Barbecue (Eater’s ‘Best NY Barbecue’) to roast and provide their famous sides.