WORKHORSE RYE

Whiskeys & bitters made and aged entirely in California since 2011

Workhorse Rye since 2011

ORDER WHISKEY FOR YOUR CALIFORNIA SHOP OR BAR:

Reservations@WorkhorseRye.com

BITTERS DISTRIBUTION IN THE USA BY A PRIORI

info@aprioridistribution.com

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA:

 

Hard Water
hardwaterbar.com
Pier 3, The Embarcadero

 

Blackbird
blackbirdbar.com
2124 Market St

 

Rye
ryesf.com
688 Geary St

 

The Epicurean Trader
Theepicureantrader.com
401 Cortland Ave

 

Mosto
Mosto Instagram
741 Valencia St

 

Tacolicious
Tacolicious Instagram
741 Valencia St

 

Locanda
locandasf.com
557 Valencia St

 

Four Barrel Coffee
fourbarrelcoffee.com
375 Valencia St  &   2 Burrows St

 

The Mill
themillsf.com
736 Divisadero St

 

Cask
caskstore.com
17 3rd St

 

Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery
thirstybear.com
661 Howard St

 

Wingtip
10th floor members only whiskey club
1st floor retail shop
wingtip.com/club
550 Montgomery St

 

Smokestack
magnoliasmokestack.com
2505 3rd St

 

Water Bar
waterbarsf.com
399 The Embarcadero

 

Outerlands
outerlandssf.com
4001 Judah Street

 

D & M Liquor
dandm.com
2200 Fillmore St

 

Local Cellar
localcellarsf.com
2801 22nd St

 

Dandelion Chocolate
dandelionchocolate.com
740 Valencia St  &  Ferry Building

 

Acacia
acaciasf.com
415 Valencia St

 

Scarlet Sage
scarletsageherb.com
193 Valencia St

 

Noe Valley Wine Merchants
noevalleywinemerchants.com
3821 24th St

 

Gus’s Market
gussmarket.com
2111 Harrison St

 

Central Kitchen
centralkitchensf.com
3000 20th St

 

Loló
lolosf.com
974 Valencia St

 

The Progress
theprogress-sf.com
1525 Fillmore St

 

Saint Frank Coffee
saintfrankcoffee.com
2340 Polk St

 

Kit & Ace
kitandace.com
3108 Fillmore St  &  371 Hayes St

 

Sessions at the Presidio
sessionssf.com
1 Letterman Drive #150
Golden Gate National Recreational Area

 

The Spanish Table
spanishtable.com
130 Clement Street

 

GitHub
github.com
Employees only, private bars

 

 

OAKLAND, CA

 

Alchemy Bottle Shop
alchemybottleshop.com
3256 Grand Ave

 

Umami Mart
umamimart.com
815 Broadway

 

Camino
caminorestaurant.com
3917 Grand Ave

 

Standard & Strange
standardandstrange.com
5010 Telegraph Ave

 

 

BERKELEY, CA

 

Ledgers Liquor
1399 University Ave

 

Cask On College
caskoncollege.com
3185 College Ave

 

 

NORTH BAY, CA

 

SHED
healdsburgshed.com
25 North St
Healdsburg

 

 

SOUTH BAY AREA, CA

 

The Lexington House
thelexlg.com
40 N Santa Cruz Ave
Los Gatos

 

Bitters & Bottles
bittersandbottles.com
240 Grand Ave
South San Francisco

 

 

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

 

STILL
elevateyourethanol.com
37 E Ortega St

 

NUANCE
nuancesb.com
119 State St

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

 

Bar Keeper
barkeepersilverlake.com
3910 Sunset Boulevard

 

Dinosaur Coffee
dinosaurcoffee.com
4334 Sunset Boulevard

 

Menotti's
coffeeveniceca.com
56 Windward Ave

 

Eightfold Coffee
eightfoldcoffee.com
1294 W Sunset Boulevard

 

The Only Group
900 W. Hillcrest Blvd
Inglewood

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

 

Little Sparrow
littlesparrowcafe.com
300 N Main St     
Santa Ana

 

The Mixing Glass
themixingglass.lightspeedwebstore.com
3313 Hyland Ave Suite A-6
Costa Mesa

 

 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

 

The Lion’s Share
lionssharesd.com
629 Kettner Blvd

 

Old Ironside
1654 India St

 

Iris
irisfoodandspirits.com
2334 Carmel Valley Rd
Del Mar

 

NEW YORK

Restaurant Daniel / The Bar at Daniel
DanielNYC.com
60 E 65th St NY, NY 10065

Prime Meats
FranksPM.com
465 Court St BK, NY 11231

The Gatehouse at Kings County Distillery
KingsCountyDistillery.com
299 Sands St, BLDG 121 BK, NY 11205
 

TUCSON, ARIZONA

Time Market
444 East University Boulevard

 

Obon
ObonSushi.com
350 E Congress St

 

Wilko
BarWilko.com
943 E University Blvd

 

Tough Luck Club
@tlcson
101 E Pennington (downstairs)

 

Reilly Pizza
reillypizza.com
101 E Pennington

 

Good Oak
goodoakbar.com
316 E Congress

 

Sidecar
barsidecar.com
139 S Eastbourne Ave

 

Penca
pencarestaurante.com
50 E Broadway


 

BISBEE, ARIZONA

 

Room 4 Bar
silverkinghotel-bisbee.com
43 Brewery Ave

 

The Courtyard
thebisbeecourtyard.com
18 Brewery Ave

 

 

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

 

Tratto
trattoPHX.com
4743 N 20th St

 

The Parlor Pizzeria
theparlor.us
1916 E Camelback Rd

 

Pizzeria Bianco
pizzeriabianco.com
4743 N 20th St

 

Crudo
crudoaz.com
3603 E Indian School Rd / Ste B

 

Okra
okraaz.com
5813 N 7th St

 

Clever Koi
thecleverkoi.com
Phoenix location: 4236 N Central Ave #100
Gilbert location: 384 North Gilbert Rd #101


 

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

 

FnB
fnbrestaurant.com
7125 E 5th Ave #31

 

Four Till Four
fourtillfour.com
7105 E 1st Ave

 

 

OLD TOWN COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA

 

Little Moo's Gourmet Market
1035 N Main St.

 

 

JEROME, ARIZONA

 

Caduceus Cellars
caduceuscellars.com
158 Main Street

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

 

Under Current Club
151 South 500 East

 

The Rose Establishment
235 South 400 West

 

Publik Kitchen
931 East 900 South

 

Rye
239 South 500 East

 

HSL
200 South 418 East

 

Caputo's Market & Deli
1516 South 1515 East

 

Bar X
155 East 200 South

 

CC Foods
314 West 300 South

 

Good Grammar
69 E Gallivan Ave

 

Downtown Tony Caputo's Market & Deli
314 West 300 South

 

East Liberty Tap House
850 East 900 South

 

Holladay Caputo's Market & Deli
4670 South 2300 East Holladay

 

 

PARK CITY, UTAH

 

Firewood on Main
306 Main Street

 

Handle
136 Heber Ave


 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

Elizabeth's Gone Raw
elizabethsgoneraw.com
1341 L St NW

 

Via Umbria
1525 Wisconsin Ave NW

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

Tip Top
32 WV-32
Thomas

 

 

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

 

Cameron Marks Boutique
cameronmarks.com
402 Ingalls St # 7

 

 

PORTLAND, OREGON

 

World Foods
worldfoodsportland.com
830 Northwest Everett Street

 

No Code
2023 A SE Stark Street

 

The Meadow
themeadow.com
1309 SE Division St.

 

 

WASHINGTON

 

DeLaurenti
1435 1st Ave
Seattle

 

Pacific Food Importers
18620 80th Court South, Building F
Kent


 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

 

Independent Spirits Inc
5947 N. Broadway St.


 

SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

 

Intoxicology
intoxicologystl.com
4321 Manchester Ave


 

MICHIGAN

 

Spice Merchants of Northville
110 N Center St
zzNorthville

 

Tiffany's Wine & Spirits
1714 W Main Street
Kalamazoo


 

TEXAS

 

Pogo's Wine & Spirits
5360 W Lovers Lane, Suite 200
Dallas

 

The Austin Shaker
1199 Airport Blvd
Austin


 

FLORIDA

 

The Spice Lab
4000 N Dixie Hwy
Pompano Beach


 

ALBERTA

 

The Cookbook Company
722-11 Avenue SW
Calgary

 

 

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

 

Only Bitters
onlybitters.com

 

Workhorse Rye was founded by bartender and distiller Rob Easter and friends in 2011 in San Francisco.

We are "gypsy distillers".

What? YES. Gypsies. That means we don't *own* a distillery.

Rather we utilize other people's distilleries, but make the recipes and products ourselves. 

This allows for lower overhead, and for all capital to go directly into making whiskey. 

Its already a popular and viable model for brewers and wine makers, why not utilize those principles for distilling? So essentially we own our brand and recipes, but we lease equipment, time, and space when appropriate.

We always do the appropriate thing.

Speaking of which, our whiskey comes from organic grains, and we think that's super appropriate. We want to have the best impact possible on your taste buds AND the environment. The most appropriate option in our eyes is committing to organic. Simple as that.

Did you know that whiskey comes from beer?

IT'S TRUE.

Whiskey is essentially distilled beer without hops. That's a little oversimplified but, it works for now.

We make rye, malted barley, and malted wheat beers that we distill down to clear gold and age in used cooperage.

We like used or seasoned casks. That means that the spirit gets to do most of the talking, and its not masked by a lot of oak barrel taste since the previous liquid already took most of that carbonous burnt oak influence out.

Lightly toasted French Oak barrels give a spirit taste and smell that is WAY different than a new charred American oak barrel, like those legally required for making Bourbon.

French Oak barrels are a bit more subtle and nuanced in their flavor addition, so we're quite liberal with our Toasted French Oak usage, while rather conservative in our use of Charred American Oak.

AGE

Taste, not time, is our all knowing shaman of sorts.

Older whiskey doesn't necessarily mean better whiskey,
although our first release got three years to evolve in barrel before you drank it.

Quality comes from ingredients and attention, it is not solely based on the number on the bottle.

Sometimes we pull whiskey out of the barrel after a year, but other times we patiently wait.

Once we are happy with the spirit, we pull it from the barrel and drop the alcohol percentage from 62%
which is our barreling strength, to a little more friendly yet still loud 55%.

We like the elevated aromas and tastes that elevated alcohol presence lends.

This is because alcohol is a preservative; it preserves flavor.

Higher alcohol percentage allows you to smell and taste the nuanced flavors for which we worked so hard. A whiskey at 55% ABV has more flavor potential than the same whiskey at 40%.

When you pour our whiskey into a glass -- you should probably use a wine glass
to fully understand it -- go ahead and take a small sip to cleanse your palate.

Then smell it a lot. Blow on it. The first thing to evaporate is the ethanol.

We're deeper than ethanol though. So blow the ethanol vapors and then stick your nose in it.

Then take another sip. Different right?

After you have some fun with that, add some purified water.

Let's shoot for around three-fourths whiskey and one-fourth water.

Your nose is going to rejoice.

Volatile chemical compounds are awakened and unlocked by lowering the alcohol percentage.

This will make you think you have something other than whiskey in your glass because chemical compounds
are shared by everything and everyone.

There's iron in your blood and there's iron in the ground. There's isoamyl acetate in bananas and there's isoamyl acetate in coffee.

That's why its not weird to say a wine or a coffee tastes or smells like something it is not.

It is also not odd to smell chocolate strawberry in (our) whiskey, because...

The same chemical makeup in chocolate and strawberries can be conjured by yeast...

And then distilled, aged, and sustained indefinitely.

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To work with us, to reserve whiskey, and/or request line sheets for wholesale bar or shop purchases, please reach out to us via...

RESERVATIONS@WORKHORSERYE.COM