Whey-Based Whiskey Makes Its Debut

Rashaun Hall

Whiskey is typically defined as a “distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash.” Keep in mind, we said typically. Wheyward Spirit is a brand getting rid of the grain with its new Wheyskey.

The female-owned and sustainably-distilled whey spirit company recently announced the launch of its new barrel-aged spirit made from whey – the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained.

Wheyskey incorporates the natural development of oaky vanilla, toffee, and warm spice during the farm-to-cask-to-flask journey. The result is a rich and smooth spirit that is both complex and easy to drink neat or use in your favorite cocktails.

“At Wheyward Spirit, our ethos is about breaking boundaries and bringing to market better tasting and more approachable spirits made responsibly and domestically,” said Emily Darchuk, Founder and CEO of Wheyward Spirit. “We are so proud of the years of innovation work that went into the launch of Wheyskey and truly believe this spirit will be a game changer for both the liquor and dairy industry as well as consumers who are drinking more mindfully and are seeking more approachable and versatile options where they can actually taste a difference and make a difference.”

Like it’s clear counterpart Wheyward Spirit, Wheyskey upcycles domestically produced whey instead of using a traditional grain as a whiskey would. Wheyward’s production creates a value-added outlet for the over 100 billion pounds of whey that goes to waste annually. All of Wheyward Spirit’s products are free from additives and flavorings, as well as being gluten-free, grain-free, and lactose-free.

As a company, Wheyward’s upcycling and circular economy implementation prevents food waste, optimizes production inputs for our dairy partners, and minimizes the environmental footprint of spirit production as whey spirits have been shown to generate a lower carbon and water footprint than traditionally produced spirits.Wheyskey’s first barrel release is now available nationwide via Wheyward Spirit’s website.


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