Knob Creek Rye a winner even before release

The folks at Beam Inc, couldn't have scripted it any better.

As the Clermont, KY, distiller was getting ready to release its new Knob Creek Rye to the market it wins Double Gold and top honors in the "Best Rye Whiskey" category in the well-regarded San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

That wasn't the only honor the distiller took at that competition. Its super-premium Knob Creek Bourbon and Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve each took Double Gold.

The Knob Creek line was created 20 years ago by Booker Noe, grandson of James Beam and sixth-generation master distiller, with a 100 proof bourbon. His son, Fred, now the master distiller, added the Single Barrel Reserve at 120 proof last year.

"We carefully handcraft Knob Creek Rye using a blend of the finest quality rye grains in order to bring our product to life in a way that only Knob Creek can," Fred Noe said. "Being named 'Best Rye Whiskey' proves that the patience and care we put into every bottle is worth the effort."

The new rye, bottled at 100 proof, will be on the market nationally in July, at a suggested retail price of $39.99 for a 750ml bottle.

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