Left for Dead (Batch #1)
J. Rieger & Co. // Missouri, USA
This collaboration between Boulevard Brewing Co. and the J. Rieger Co. is an attempt to create a distinctively KC spirit. J. Rieger takes beer that Boulevard deems "left for dead" (that is, didn't make the cut) and distills it. Batch #1 is made from the Unfiltered Wheat and, according to Andy Rieger himself, isn't meant to be rated or reviewed...just savored for what it is.
WhiteDistilled from a cereal mash bill comprised of any grain(s). Generally unaged except in the US, where it must age at least briefly in oak for an unspecified amount of time. Sometimes sold as "moonshine" although that is a misnomer.
"Sharp and sour at first, Left for Dead's scent gives way to sweet wheat, white grapes, and a playful hint of hops. There's a touch of yeast and banana which reappear on the palate. The spirit is creamy and oily with a lilting herbal quality. Naturally, the flavor of its original iteration comes through; once you know it came from beer, it all makes sense."