Chicken Cock Whiskey launches anchor expression: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

September 4, 2019

Bardstown, KY / August 26, 2019: Grain & Barrel Spirits’ investment in bourbon over the last 6 years has set the stage for the next evolution for Chicken Cock Whiskey, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is being released as the anchor of the Chicken Cock line. Available immediately in most markets, the suggested retail price is $59.99/750mL.

 

Distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky, Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a rich, elegant mahogany hue; a nose which balances oak tones with sweet notes of dried fruit, caramel, and vanilla; and a palate that opens with soft tannins. A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel is complemented by butterscotch notes and toasted oak, resolving with a vanilla finish. At 90 proof, there is a slight, welcome bourbon heat. The bourbon is bottled in a replica of the Prohibition-era Chicken Cock bottle.

 

Established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky (ten years before Jack Daniels), Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey at the Cotton Club, one of Prohibition’s most legendary speakeasies. Known as “The Famous Old Brand” and “The Whiskey in a Tin Can,” Chicken Cock was smuggled into the Club in sealed tin cans, then ceremoniously opened tableside. After Prohibition, the brand enjoyed a resurgent couple of decades before a distillery fire just after World War II put it out of business.

 

In 2012, Matti Anttila, founder of Grain & Barrel Spirits, rediscovered the Chicken Cock Whiskey brand, and set out to resurrect to its Prohibition era glory. Master Distiller Gregg Snyder was brought on board to provide the knowledge and experience needed to help achieve that goal. Snyder’s impressive resume includes distilling, cooperage, and executive positions with Brown-Forman, Austin Nichols, and others, as well as Board positions with the Associated Cooperage Industries of America, Kentucky Distillers’ Association, and others. Chicken Cock Whiskey is proud to be associated with the Bardstown Bourbon Company’s collaborative distiller’s program.

 

  • Chicken Cock Whiskey Kentucky Straight Bourbon
    • 45% ABV (90 Proof); SRP: $59.99/750mL
    • 100% distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky
    • Available in most markets, as well as online
    • Managing Partner, Sales: Kevin Testa; m.305-458-1600; e-mail:  kevin@grainandbarrel.com

 

Other current releases of Chicken Cock Whiskey

Current releases also include limited editions of Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary (8YO) (SRP: $99.99/750mL); Chicken Cock Double Barrel Bourbon (10YO) (SRP: $249.99/750mL); and the Chicken Cock Beer Barrel Select (SRP: $79.99/750mL), a blend of Kentucky Bourbons aged up to 11.5 years finished in Walnut Brown Ale barrels. To buy, please visit https://chickencock.passionspirits.com/chicken-cock.html.

 

“Everyone knew that bootlegged whiskey was being served at the Cotton Club… but its clientele was so prestigious that it had become off limits to the police, so long as the illicit sales were discreet. The usual whiskey purchased at that time was called ‘Chicken Cock,’ and it was a bottle that came in a sealed can.” – Duke Ellington, by Kent Smith

 

About Grain & Barrel Spirits

Founded in 2012 by Matti Anttila, West Palm Beach, Florida-based Grain & Barrel Spirits is an emerging craft spirits company at home in the Southeast with production and sales partners around the world. This month, the company was named to the Inc. 5000 list, coming in within the top 25% of America’s fastest growing, independently owned business. In addition to pre-Prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, wholly owned brands include Dixie Southern Vodka, the ninth fastest growing spirit in the U.S., and The Endless Summer Spirits Company.

 

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GRAIN & BARREL SPIRITS NAMED TO INC. 5000 LIST OF AMERICA’S FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES

August 14, 2019

Today Grain & Barrel Spirits was named to the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies; established in 1982, this list has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success. Coming in 1,113th – in the top 25% of companies honored – Grain & Barrel joins an impressive roster of independent small businesses which gained their first national exposure as honorees, including Microsoft and Dell; Chobani and Domino’s Pizza; Intuit and Oracle; Timberland and Patagonia; Pandora, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Zillow.

Companies on the 2019 list achieved three-year average growth of 454%, and a median rate of 157%. Small businesses are the American economy’s most dynamic segment; the Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years. Mr. Matti Anttila, founder and CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits, says: “I founded Grain & Barrel in 2012 with a vision to grow it into a market leading spirits innovator; winning this prestigious award validates our mission. As we accelerate our expansion from our Southeastern base nationally and internationally, I expect a continued progression up the Inc. 5000 list.”


Chicken Cock Whiskey Releases a Third Limited Run Bourbon:
Beer Barrel Select, A Bluegrass Collaboration with Goodwood Brewing

June 20, 2019


Following in the footsteps of two award-winning limited releases — the 160th Anniversary 8-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon (SRP: $100/750mL) and 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon (SRP: $250/750mL) — Chicken Cock Whiskey has now released 1,800 bottles of Beer Barrel Select (SRP: $80.00/750mL), a blend of 1.5-11.5 year old Kentucky Bourbons finished in Walnut Brown Ale barrels.

This most recent limited release from Chicken Cock Whiskey — one of the oldest American Whiskey brands, est. 1856 in Paris, Kentucky — is the result of creative partnership, a hallmark approach of the brand and its parent company, Grain & Barrel Spirits. In the summer of 2018, six barrels that had held Chicken Cock’s 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon were given to Goodwood Brewing in Louisville to finish their Walnut Brown Ale. Once finished, Goodwood Brewing returned those six barrels to Chicken Cock. Chicken Cock Master Distiller Gregg Snyder, then filled them with a blend of 100% Kentucky Bourbon aged 1.5-11.5 years. The Bourbon was finished in the six barrels for six months before final blending and bottling, yielding a mere 1,800 bottles of this all-Kentucky collaborative release.

Beer Barrel Select is full-bodied, with initial notes of butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla, followed by a hint of toasted oak, and then a sweet finish with nut and chocolate flavors. Never chill-filtered, Beer Barrel Select retains the flavors and slight haze of the Walnut Brown Ale. Chicken Cock’s unique, Prohibition-era bottle and “sipping glass” lid complete the heritage bourbon experience.


Grain & Barrel Spirits Revives 162-Year-Old Pre-Prohibition Favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey

October 10,2018

Historic, Award-Winning Brand Returns Home to Kentucky; Releases 330 Cases of 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon

Grain & Barrel Spirits (“G&B”), an innovation-driven craft spirits company, brought Chicken Cock Whiskey back to its rightful place as a heritage-driven American Whiskey in 2012, when CEO Matti Anttila discovered the “Famous Old Brand.” Since that time, G&B has fully returned the brand to its ancestral home in Kentucky and continues its quest to resurrect the historic pre-prohibition favorite with the introduction of a limited-edition release of 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon.

Originally established in 1856, in Paris, Kentucky, (ten years before Jack Daniels), Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey at the Cotton Club, one of the most legendary speakeasies, during Prohibition. Known as “The Famous Old Brand” and “The Whiskey in a Tin Can,” Chicken Cock was smuggled in sealed tin cans and ceremoniously opened tableside. After prohibition ended, the brand enjoyed a resurgent couple of decades before a distillery fire put it out of business for more than 40 years.


The Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces Grain & Barrel’s Participation in Its Collaborative Distilling Program

September 10, 2018

The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced today that Grain & Barrel Spirits, the maker of pre-prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Grain & Barrel will work together with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, which dates back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.

Through BBCo’s distilling program, Grain & Barrel’s Master Distiller Gregg Snyder will collaborate with Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller Steve Nally and BBCo’s first-class distilling team, led by Executive Director of Distilling Operations, John Hargrove, to produce its high-quality, small-batch whiskey, bourbon, and rye for many years to come.


160th Anniversary Single Barrel 8 Year Old Bourbon

May 30, 2017

The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) announced today that Grain & Barrel Spirits, the maker of pre-prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Grain & Barrel will work together with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, which dates back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.

Through BBCo’s distilling program, Grain & Barrel’s Master Distiller Gregg Snyder will collaborate with Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller Steve Nally and BBCo’s first-class distilling team, led by Executive Director of Distilling Operations, John Hargrove, to produce its high-quality, small-batch whiskey, bourbon, and rye for many years to come.