Cocktail Commemorates Wexford County Sheriff Role During Prohibition

Iron Fish Distillery 7th Year Anniversary celebration features a ready-to-pour cocktail release and the launch of the Mad Angler® Whiskey series.

(Thompsonville, MI) August, 2023 –  To mark its 7th year, Iron Fish will re-release the Mad Angler®  Bourbon, Rye and Bottled in Bond  estate whiskies and celebrate completion of a major commitment to triple production capacity of its estate whiskey, requiring over a  $1M  investment in new equipment and facility improvements. On Sunday, September 3rd, Iron Fish will also be releasing the Prohibition inspired Toasted Godfather Old Fashioned Ready-to-Pour.

About the Toasted Godfather Release:
Following on the heels of Michigan’s top selling ready-to-pour  Salted Maple® Old Fashioned by a Michigan craft distillery, Iron Fish barreled and bottled the Toasted Godfather  Old Fashioned, crafted with bourbon whiskey, estate-grown rye whiskey, amaretto, and cherry maple smoked bitters. Each 375ml bottle produces six 2oz cocktails. It will be available for sale by Michigan retailers starting in September. 

During the dark days of Prohibition, Sheriff Nixon of Wexford County took action, confiscating and dismantling illegal stills found on neighboring farms. Interestingly, his grandson later took a different role, working for regulatory authorities, overseeing liquor establishments once they met the required standards.

Our celebratory version of the classic Godfather cocktail harmoniously merges the spiciness of estate-grown rye with the velvety richness of bourbon. The addition of Iron Fish amaretto lends its sweet almond notes, while the smoked cherry bitters enhance the experience. To enjoy, simply pour over ice, add your personal twist, and savor this blend of flavors while appreciating its historical roots.

The first 24 bottles will be signed by the grandson of sheriff Nixon.

Mad Angler®  Bourbon, Rye, and Bottled in Bond are grown from grain on the Iron Fish farm and other farmsteads around Michigan, Mad Angler spirits are aged at least four years. The name is inspired by the writings of Northern Michigan poet Michael Delp and reflects our love and commitment to preserving our region’s watersheds. 

“Consider holding the wildness of a place in your hand, and then tossing it back, dreaming of rivers, wild fish, pure water, the spirit luminous inside you allowed to roam where it wishes.” 

Experience this transcendent feeling as you taste the farm distilled difference of our Mad Angler Series. Developed along the shores of the Betsy River, this exemplary 3 bottle series includes Bottled in Bond, Bourbon, and Rye Whiskey varieties.

Mad Angler Bourbon 94 Proof 
Available exclusively at the distillery.
Organic Corn
Winter Wheat from Iron Fish Farm
Northern Michigan Barley
Winter Rye from Iron Fish Farm

Mad Angler Rye 92-94 Proof 
Available at the distillery and select MI retailers.
Iron Fish Rye
Malted Barley

Mad Angler Bottled-In-Bond 100 Proof 
Available at the distillery and select MI retailers.
Iron Fish Farm Winter Wheat
Upper Peninsula Rye
Northern Michigan Malted Barley
Northern Michigan Corn

More info on Mad Angler here:

About Iron Fish Distillery

Iron Fish Distillery was founded in 2016, as Michigan’s first farm distillery, growing grain and distilling spirits, and barrel finishing sourced whiskey. This third party environmentally audited  working farm and distillery attracts over 150, 000 guests annually to the agricultural destination, reborn on a long-time abandoned 120-acre farm located in rural Springdale Township in Manistee County.

Named for the Steelhead that journeys up the nearby Betsie River,  every step of the Iron Fish  soil-to-spirit process occurs onsite. The process starts in  farm fields where the distillery grows and harvests its own grain.  Milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and barrel aging is on full display for visitors.  Iron Fish also carefully sources bourbon for finishing in barrels from around the world.  To date, their library of barrel aged spirits exceeds 2,500.

Iron Fish spirits are distributed in Michigan, Wisconsin, IL and Colorado and home delivered in 39 states by the digital spirits retailer Big Thirst.


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