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April 19, 2011

Ryan & Wood taps whiskey market

Gloucester's own distillery has given a classic local look to its first whiskey.

When Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Inc. Distilleries and Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Hastings put labels on the Ryan & Wood's Straight Rye Whiskey Tuesday morning, they attached labels that feature local photographer Jay Albert's photo of the iconic Man at the Wheel statue at the Fishermen's Memorial.

The ceremonial kickoff for the whiskey — which joins Ryan & Wood vodka, gin and rum brands in the Blackburn Industrial Park company's growing line — included about 300 bottles from the first distillery's barrel. And Ryan said he hopes the shop can release a barrel a month.

Ryan & Wood, however, is also teaming up with another local company to ensure that key parts of the process don't simply go to waste.

The Cape Ann Brewing Company is using the whiskey barrels to age their Whiskey Barrel Aged Fisherman's Rock-Porter — which will be tapped at the Brewery Friday at 6 p.m.

Cheers.

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