The Story of Roughstock
There hadn’t been a distillery in Montana for more than 100 years, something Bryan Schultz thought was a shame. One thing history told him was that great whisky starts with two things: amazing grain and pure water. Luckily he had access to both right there in Montana. Back in 2008 a site was chosen for the RoughStock Distillery, nestling at the base of the Bridger Mountain Range in beautiful south-western Montana and, when Vendome finally delivered the copper stills in 2009, distillation started in earnest.
Roughtstock make different whiskies with different grains, a somewhat complex start for a small distillery but one that allows the 100% single grain mash bills to offer completely original flavours in their whiskies.
The barrel warehouse is temperature controlled and the frequent high pressure/low pressure weather systems of the unique Montana mountain region work the whiskey in and out of the barrel staves tirelessly. The final spirit is not chill-filtered, allowing the spirit to retain body, complexity, and the character of the whiskey right through to the bottle.
Determined to take a handmade approach and make his whiskey a true reflection of what Montana could provide, Bryan closely monitors the entire process from grain milling, yeast selection and fermentation to the slow distillation and subsequent ageing in selected barrels, and then the final marriage of barrels for bottling. From grain to glass each batch of whiskey is carefully scrutinized for quality. At RoughStock, everything is crafted by people who enjoy making whiskey and their hope is you enjoy drinking it as much as they enjoyed making it.