Empire Rye

The Whiskey Style of New York

Empire Rye

In 2015, six leading New York State distilleries banded together to create a consortium dedicated to establishing a whiskey style for the Empire State. This whiskey was to be as distinctive, precisely crafted and held to as high a standard as any of the illustrious whiskey styles in the world.

And so, Empire Rye was born–an homage to New York State’s pre-Prohibition rye whiskey-making heritage and a testament to the ingenuity and industriousness of its contemporary distillers. Each distiller’s bottling of Empire Rye is crafted in accordance with the same exacting specifications and yet each is given ample space to express their creativity.

Since that time, an additional 13 New York distilleries (and counting) have joined the movement. New York is in the forefront of this exciting rediscovery and re-imagination of craft Rye Whiskey.