Mississippi River Distilling Company is excited to announce the release of their newest seasonal product, “Dry Dock Sorghrum” on February 1, 2013. Known for incorporating local ingredients in their spirits, MRDC partnered with a new Iowa business on this product. This time Maasdam Sorghum Mills near Lynnville, Iowa has provided sorghum syrup that was crafted into a unique rum.
“The whole idea of the seasonal spirits is to bring some unique products to the market and also partner with other local businesses,” Ryan Burchett, MRDC owner and distiller, says. “We’ve had so many people ask us for rum. But rum is made from sugar cane and molasses. But we finally figured out a way to put a local spin on it and we invented ‘sorghrum.’”
MRDC used sorghum syrup made in an early 1900’s style steam powered sorghum press at the Maasdam Farm. They fermented the sorghum syrup along with sugar and then distilled it into a spirit. That spirit went into a new, charred barrel for a short age before hitting the bottle.
“This was so much fun to have something come along that allowed us to be a little creative a put a totally new spin on an old favorite.” remarks owner and distiller Garrett Burchett. “We purposely short aged this one so we wouldn’t cover up the unique flavor of the sorghum. It left some interesting cinnamon and nutmeg notes. We think spiced rum drinkers will like this one.”
The name is meant to play off of the unique history of the spirit. “When people think of rum, they think of the Caribbean. We want to give that feeling, but this one came from waves of grain, not from the sea.”
The project has been in the works since last year and is finally hitting the market tomorrow. Retailers all across Iowa can purchase Dry Dock Sorghrum from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division in Ankeny. Production was limited to only 5,000 bottles. Distillers expect to have it in stock through the spring. In April, the popular Queen Bee Honey Whiskey will return as the spring seasonal.
Mississippi River Distilling Company is celebrating the release of the new spirit at their First Friday event held Friday, Feb. 1 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Recipes made with Dry Dock Sorghrum and other MRDC spirits will be available for sampling along with a special Valentine’s Day rocks glass giveaway to patrons who purchase bottles of spirits during the event.