On October 10, 2020, approximately 100 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye was planted on just over an acre of land in Lititz, PA.
The Kline Family Farm has been farmed by heirs of its original owner since 1741. 260 years ago, the Pennsylvania land grant was given from William Penn to William Kline. The present farm owners, Eric and Wes Kline, are the 9th generation of farmers to tend their family's preserved century farm in the heart of Lancaster County.
The team at Stoll & Wolfe Distillery was the first distillery in Pennsylvania to receieve a donation of Keystone Rosen rye in 2019 from the SeedSpark Project. After 6 years of seed propagation, a large batch of rye whiskey was produced.
10 cases of new-make rye whiskey were raffled off in a fundraising event at the distillery and 100% of the money raised was donated to the farmers working on our SeedSpark Project. A 30 gallon barrel has been sitting in Stoll & Wolfe's aging warehouse for a year now and the straight rye whiskey will be bottled and available for sale in 2021.
In October 2020, Stoll & Wolfe distilled its 2nd batch of Keystone Rosen rye whiskey and 2 new barrels were filled. Flavor influence trials continue this year with 2 additional donations from the DVFF- Dylan rye and malted Keystone Rosen rye.
Liberty Pole Spirits in Washington , Pa is the first pot distillery to use a pot still to distill with Rosen rye since before Prohibition. The team at Liberty Pole received a donation of approximately 600 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye on September 28, 2020.
On October 7, 2020, Liberty Pole Spirits completed their final spirit run of Keystone Rosen rye. "The Rosen Rye is delicious," said Jim Hough, distillery owner. "The white dog is a bit more herbal and spicier than our regular rye. We absolutely love it!" One 53 gallon barrel was filled that same afternoon. There will be a few bottles of newmake spirit made available through a fundraiser, but Liberty Pole's aged Keystone Rosen rye whiskey will likely be available to the public in 2022.
Quantum Spirits in Carnegie, Pa is taking the historic context of Rosen rye and introducing it to modern technology. The team at Quantum Spirits Distillery will be offering a compelling angle to our ongoing research of heritage grain use in distilling. The measurements and evaluations that they can produce in their modern, technolgy driven distillery will be able to provide insight into what might set these haritage grains apart.
Approximately 400 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye and 400 pounds of Dylan rye will be donated to Quantum Spirits in October, 2020 for distillation and analysis.
Brendan Carroll, maltster and owner of CNC Malt, Custom and Craft, has worked with the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation to malt 2 separate batches of Keystone Rosen rye.
Approximately 100 pounds of malted rye was donated to Olde Bedford Brewing Company to make a special release of rye beer. A 2nd 100 pounds was donated to Stoll & Wolfe Distillery to make a special release of rye whiskey where the addition of malted rye will replace the standard malted barley portion of their rye whiskey recipe.
On August 14, 2020, 200 pounds of Keystone Rosen rye was delivered to Olde Bedford Brewing Company. The raw seed went first to CNC Malt House to be floor malted and was returned to the brewery in early October. This is the first time that Keystone Rosen rye has been utilized by a brewer.
Dave Heller, owner of Olde Bedford Brewing Company is focused on preserving Pennsylvania's brewing history and is committed to using local grain sources. We are very excited to taste the rye beer produced through our partnership in 2020.
The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation has partnered with the team at the Thompson Neely Grist Mill in Washington Crossing Historic Park in promoting its reemergence as an active producer within Pennsylvania's grain supply chain. Glenn Blakely, miller and man behind the most recent restorations at the historic mill, has begun to work with Double Eagle Malt House and Dancing Star Farms to produce flour and cornmeal that will be made available for sale to the public.
On October 4, 2020, 1100 lbs of Keystone Rosen rye and approximately 500 pounds of Dylan rye were ground into rye meal between Thompson Neely Grist Mill's massive millstones under the supervision of Glenn Blakely. Both rye varietals were utilized by Stoll & Wolfe Distillery to create rye whiskey. The resulting whiskey will age for 2 years in new, charred oak barrels and be made available for sale in 2022.