Hughes Bros. Belle of Bedford|
Hughes Bros. Whiskey burst onto the Seelbach's radar in early 2021. A whisky brand requires good whiskey and a captivating story. We often see "captivating" instead of a "true" story. The true history of whiskey in America is often overlooked. Kentucky is famous for Bourbon. American whiskey is actually Pennsylvania. Rye whiskey was first produced by Eastern European settlers in the 17th century. That's where John J Hughes got his start.
Hughes founded the Hughes Distillery in 1872 near Schellsburg, Pennsylvania. The distillery was on a farm with a gristmill, 150 acres of forested land, and a productive spring-fed lake. The whiskey produced became well-known and was later renamed Hughes Bros. Distillers in 1890 by John J's sons. The distillery operated continuously until Prohibition began in 1920. During this time, "Monongahela Rye" was the style of whiskey produced. A Monongahela Rye mash bill, used in Pennsylvania, consisted of 80-100% rye grain. The remaining part made up of corn or malted barley.
Cyrus Kehyari, the great-great-grandson of John J Hughes, revived the Hughes Bros. Distillers brand in 2020. They source straight rye whiskey from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This is to recreate that historic Monongahela house style of Hughes Bros. We've released a couple private barrels from Hughes. But, this is our first allocation of the 10-year Extra Aged and the Toasted. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
Hughes Brothers "Belle of Bedford" Extra Aged 10-Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey #3801
Hughes Brothers "Belle of Bedford" Single Barrel 6-Year Straight Rye Whiskey