Chicago’s own Few Spirits has linked up with legendary rockers the Flaming Lips to release a limited edition Brainville Rye whiskey. This comes hot on the heels of several other famous musical whiskey collaborations such as the Pogues, rapper Drake, and rockers Motorhead; but this one seems like it has the best chance of actually carrying the name and tasting good.
“Whiskey… it’s such a volatile drink. Upon pouring a drink It’s like accepting that you may become a werewolf … And really… Who doesn’t want to become a werewolf ??? Ha…” says Flaming Lips lead singer, Wayne Coyne, in typical cryptic fashion.
Brainville Rye is composed of a mash bill featuring 70% rye, 20% corn, and 10% malted barley all sourced from within 150 miles of the craft distilleries home base. It is fermented using a French wine yeast, giving the whiskey stone-fruit, apple and pear notes over a background of sharp spice. Though I prefer the way they phrased it in a comment on our Instagram, “Slightly spicy, slightly fruity, slightly spacey.” This further adds to the notion that this may be more than just a band slapping their brand onto a bottle and hoping to take advantage of a booming market.
According to the press release Few Spirits founder and master distiller, Paul Hletko, before founding the distillery, he played lead guitar in a band called BerBer and also ran a short lived record label & custom guitar effects company. Personally I’m glad he meandered his way into distilling as Few Spirits makes some excellent product, their Rye being a personal favourite of mine. Of the collaboration Hletko says;
“Music has always been an important part of my life, and when Justin Helton’s manager called me about a collaboration with the Flaming Lips and Warner Bros. Records to create a custom spirit, it was a no-brainer; they knew exactly which distillery they wanted to work with,”
Few Spirits x the Flaming Lips Brainville Rye whiskey will take the stage in October 2016, coming in at 80 proof and a suggested retail price of $124.99 USD. If you see a bottle, I suggest snapping it up as it’s limited to only 5,000 bottles.