There is a theme in the world of rodeos of having a whisky tied to its branding. There’s Pendleton Whisky, hooked up to a rodeo in Oregon, and also Snake River Stampede Whiskey, associated with its namesake out of Idaho. Joining these now is Stampede Canadian Rye Whisky, done in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede.
Stampede Canadian Rye Whisky, according to those behind it, is produced by Alberta’s first craft distillery, Eau Claire Distillery. Said to be “inspired by the legendary spirit of the Calgary Stampede,” and developed in conjunction with the rodeo, it is made with Alberta barley and rye, non-chill filtered and has no artificial caramel coloring.
In a statement from Eau Claire, it was noted that this whisky “reflects the shared agricultural roots and proud western heritage of the Calgary Stampede and Eau Claire Distillery. Every drop represents a connection to the land and shared values of the two prolific Alberta organizations.”
“The Calgary Stampede is proud to partner with Eau Claire Distillery on this fantastic product,” said Steve McDonough, President & Chairman of the Board, Calgary Stampede. “Stampede Whisky is uniquely authentic and showcases Alberta’s incredible agri-food sector which is a perfect reason to gather together to celebrate.”
Stampede Canadian Rye Whisky is bottled at 40% ABV and will be sold in 750 ml glass bottles year round in Canada, including during the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...