Third Release of Iron Fish Distillery’s Farm Distilled Whiskeys


Michigan’s first farm distillery, situated in Northwest Michigan, will continue to dedicate their farm distilled Rye Whiskey to the Arctic Grayling Research Initiative. The release will be focused on the successful reintroduction of the iconic Michigan Grayling, extinct for nearly 100 years as a result of land use practices and overfishing in the state.  

The Arctic Grayling fish thrived in the clear river waters of Northern Michigan until human and land use impacts drove the native species into extinction early in the 20th century. Since then multiple efforts to re-introduce the Arctic Grayling to Michigan Rivers failed.

Iron Fish proudly supports research efforts related to the ongoing Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative (MAGI) through the Iron Fish Arctic Grayling Research Fund at the Manistee County Community Foundation. Iron Fish will be making charitable contributions to support the science behind the reintroduction of the Arctic Grayling to Michigan Rivers. Additionally, Iron Fish supported research done at Michigan State University, the results of which will inform future steps in the initiative, and will continue to support future research carried out by other partners in this exciting effort. The MAGI partnership includes the foundational partners Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, as well as the Wenger Foundation,Trout Unlimited Chapters and others totaling nearly 50 agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations and individuals.


3rd Edition | 200 Bottle Release

47.6% ABV / 95.3 Proof / 750 ML
Available exclusively at the distillery

The assertive exceptional quality of this, our 3rd Edition farm-distilled rye whiskey perfectly animates and reflects our shared treasure that is the arctic grayling. Charred new oak and hardy Michigan Rye render a balanced pairing of molten Caramel and vanilla against the black pepper, clove, and honey spice of this distinct and limited release spirit. Iron Fish Distillery makes charitable contributions toward research into the viability of re-establishing native grayling stock to Michigan waters. Embrace the renaissance.


"The best whiskeys have great taste with a good story" - Richard Anderson

Iron Fish Co-founder, Richard Anderson said, “Our guiding principal has been to Return Spirit to Its Origin; in the way it tastes, and in the way it’s handmade, all the while taking inspiration from the migrating fish journeying to their origin up the Betsie River adjacent to our farm. The best whiskeys have great taste with a good story, and this is a Michigan story of possibility.”

This 5-year-old commemorative whiskey is distilled from 95% rye grain grown on the Iron Fish Farm, Thompsonville Michigan and 5% northern Michigan barley malted at Great Lakes Malting Company in Traverse City. The label features a beautifully hand drawn Grayling print by Michigan artist Dani Knoph. “The story of Michigan’s lost Grayling is a comeback story—full of hope, challenge, science, and partnership.” said Knoph. “Restoring Michigan’s wild Grayling encourages us to learn from the past, evaluate the present and define the future. From Montana and Alaska to Michigan, many people are caring for this native species. It gives me hope, it’s the Native American Seven Generations principle at work.”
Alaska Grayling Illustration_Dani Knoph 2018-01

Support the Arctic Grayling

About the Iron Fish Arctic Grayling Research Fund 
Be a part of something important. Join us in our support of foundational research into the reintroduction of Michigan Arctic Grayling to its home waters by going online to and contributing to the Iron Fish Arctic Grayling Research Fund, a component fund of the Manistee County Community Foundation.

About The Return of the Native: Arctic Grayling
This remarkable project to restore grayling in select Michigan rivers is made possible by the Michigan DNR, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and the Wenger Foundation with support from over 50 partners, including Trout Unlimited Chapters across the state of Michigan.  Learn more at

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