Little Rock, Arkansas-based Rock Town Distillery is excited to announce the release of its new bourbon line: The Column Still Collection. This unique collection is the result of a collaboration between Rock Town Distillery and Bardstown, Kentucky-based Bardstown Bourbon Co., in which Arkansas grains were used in combination with Rock Town’s award-winning recipe to produce three different bourbons.
In March of 2020, Rock Town’s founder and head distiller Phil Brandon embarked on a trip to bourbon country in Kentucky to find a way to make more bourbon to meet the growing demand for Rock Town spirits. He discovered the Collaborative Distilling Program offered by Bardstown Bourbon Co. and realized that he could use his own bourbon recipe along with Arkansas-grown grains to produce quality bourbon.
Working with grain partners at Stratton Seed from Stuttgart, Arkansas, 180,000 pounds of Arkansas-grown corn and wheat were trucked 500 miles to Bardstown. And so, the adventure began: making Arkansas bourbon in the heart of Kentucky.
The first cook was started on March 12, 2020, and after cooking and fermenting, the team used the column stills at Bardstown to distill the white dog, which was then cut to 110 proof before filling new charred oak barrels from Kelvin Cooperage and Gibbs Brothers Cooperage. The bourbon was then aged back in Little Rock at Rock Town Distillery’s downtown barrelhouse.
The Rock Town Column Still Collection invites bourbon enthusiasts to take a journey through the brand’s special product line of expertly distilled, aged and creatively finished bourbons. Each bottle represents the culmination of Rock Town’s passion and dedication to the art of bourbon making:
- Toasted French Oak Barrel Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey
“We are thrilled to share our new bourbon line with the world,” said Brandon. “The Column Still Collection represents a true collaboration between two distilleries who share the same passion and values for quality and craftsmanship.”
The Rock Town Column Still Collection will be available starting on April 15.