A. Overholt Monongahela Mash Rye
* Note: This article uses information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Whiskey labels are approved by the TTB weeks or months ahead of their release and public announcement, so details about pricing and availability aren’t available yet. Furthermore, any proof statements on the label may be placeholders and might change before the official release announcement. However, everything else on the label will appear as it does here, so this gives us a great early look at an upcoming release.
A. Overholt Monongahela Mash Straight Rye Whiskey is an upcoming rye whiskey produced by James B. Beam Distilling Co. and is part of the company’s Old Overholt brand family. Its label was approved by the TTB on April 14, 2022.1TTB Approval (April 14, 2022)
It is aged for four years and is non-chill filtered before being bottled at 95 proof. While the rest of the expressions in the Overholt brand family use Beam’s Kentucky-style rye recipe (approximately 51% rye and uses corn in the mash), this is the first time the distillery is using a Monongahela-style recipe since the brand was acquired in 1987.
Beam has prominently marketed the Old Overholt brand’s Pennsylvania roots, which date back to 1810. Despite references to Pennsylvania on the label, Beam has always used the same Kentucky-style mashbill it also uses for Knob Creek Rye and Jim Beam Rye. By contrast, traditional Monongahela (Pennsylvania-style) mashbills use a very high rye content and no corn, and this expression delivers just that with a new 80% rye, 20% malted barley recipe.
We’re reviving our rye’s original Monongahela roots in honor of our founder: the proudly Pennsylvanian A. Overholt.
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Old Overholt is one of the oldest continuously-produced brands of whiskeys and traces its history back to the early 1800s. In 1810, Abraham Overholt began managing his family’s rye whiskey distillery in Western Pennsylvania, and although the brand has changed ownership several times over the years, it has been continuously produced ever since.