A Kansas City distillery and a California brewery have teamed up to celebrate their hometown teams' trips to the Super Bowl in February.
Machine No. 7: Gridiron Whiskey is the seventh spirit in The Machine, a series of one-off spirits from Tom's Town Distilling Co. ranging from a garden party gin to a gingersnap whiskey. The Gridiron Whiskey has notes of molasses, clove, cherry and oatmeal cookies, but it starts off as something very different: a pre-hopped version of Lagunitas Brewery's Sucks, a retired beer that is a "cereal medley" of barley, rye, wheat and oats. After being fermented and distilled, the spirit is aged in white American oak barrels for two years.
Tom's Town co-founder David Epstein said in a press release that he has been friends with Lagunitas CEO Maria Stipp for a while, and that the timing of the collaboration happened to work out.
“Maria and I have been working on this collaboration for a long time,” he said. “When our two hometown NFL teams both made it to the Super Bowl, we knew we had the perfect spirit to celebrate! And of course, the best team won!”
For those looking to get their hands on one of the 500 375-ml bottles, the launch is planned for April 30 at the distillery's Crossroads location. All bottles not sold during the launch will be available only at Tom's Town for $20.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated to reflect that the launch party was rescheduled from March 5 to April 30.
Tom’s Town Distilling Co., 1701 Main St., Crossroads Arts District,, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.541.2400, toms-town.com