WhistlePig’s FarmStock ‘Beyond Bonded’ Whiskey Barrel Hits Auction Block May 15th

By Gary Carter / May 14, 2021

WhistlePig is set to auction off its first ever barrel of 100 percent farm-to-glass whiskey, with proceeds going to support America’s farmers. To unveil the one-of-a-kind offering, WhistlePig enlisted Mecum Auctions … known for live auctions of classic cars, antique motorcycles, and vintage tractors … to help garner a buyer for the first offering from the “Beyond Bonded” collection.

The barrel will be auctioned off live on Saturday, May 15th, at Mecum’s Spring Classic event in Indianapolis … portions of the auction will be broadcast on NBC Sports nationwide. Proceeds from the winning bid, which is expected to command a price similar to that of an exclusive car often sold at Mecum auctions, will be donated by WhistlePig to Farm Aid, a non-profit organization that promotes and works to build a strong, resilient family farm system of agriculture that benefits farmers, eaters, communities and the soil and water.

The auction lot will include Barrel No. 0001 of WhistlePig “Beyond Bonded” FarmStock Rye, bottled by hand as two hundred 750ml units. This straight rye whiskey is crafted from 100 percent Remington Rye harvested on the WhistlePig Farm, distilled and proofed with local water, and aged in Vermont Estate Oak casks for 4 years, 8 months and 14 days. It’s bottled at 100.1 proof, just a hair beyond the 19th century Bottled-in-Bond requirement of 100 proof.

WhistlePig's FarmStock ‘Beyond Bonded’ Whiskey Barrel

WhistlePig’s FarmStock ‘Beyond Bonded’ Whiskey Barrel (image via WhistlePig)

The winning bidder will also receive the empty barrel and a grain-to-glass experience at the WhistlePig distillery in Shoreham, Vermont.

“The rare whiskey auction and investor world has been incredibly exciting to watch, but so far largely dominated by Scotch,” said Jeff Kozak, CEO of WhistlePig, in a prepared statement. “When our first barrel of Beyond Bonded was ready, we knew it was time to get involved, and lead the American Whiskey category in this arena.”

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Whiskey fans across the country can join the bidding war for the first Beyond Bonded barrel by registering to bid before the auction on May 15th. Collectors outside Indianapolis will be able to bid online before the event and/or live on the phone.

“FarmStock Beyond Bonded is our boldest dream yet. Each individual barrel is an untapped expression of the WhistlePig Farm,” said Emily Harrison, lead distiller at WhistlePig Whiskey. “We’re thrilled to align with Mecum and Farm Aid, Mecum has the perfect platform to unveil a whiskey of this magnitude and we are so pleased to share that 100 percent of the proceeds from the winning bid will be donated to Farm Aid, further emphasizing our commitment to supporting sustainable farming and farmers in the United States.”

“Farm Aid loves to share innovative and inspiring stories of farm-to-market success, and we congratulate WhistlePig on making Farm Stock Beyond Bonded Whiskey from rye grown on its own soils,” said Glenda Yoder, associate director of Farm Aid. “Proceeds from the Mecum Auction for Farm Aid will benefit farmers whose essential work provides for all of us and cares for the soil and water.”

FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye Whiskey will make its official debut later this spring, hitting shelves and sold alongside the rest of WhistlePig’s portfolio of rye whiskies. With just 40 barrels making up the first ever Beyond Bonded Rye Whiskey collection, the offering is one of WhistlePig’s rarest to date.