Minnesota is a significant producer of rye and our rye whiskies continue to put Minnesota distilleries on the map. Spicier and more robust than other whiskies, rye whiskey is differentiated by its mash bill which must contain at least 51% rye. Our J. Carver Rye Whiskey has a mash bill of 70% local rye from Clear Lake, Minnesota, and 30% corn selected from local farms close to the distillery.
It's been great being in touch with so many of you over the past week. Thank you for the interest in our progress at the distillery since our official groundbreaking. It's full steam ahead. The demo of the building has been going well and we are now in the process of framing in all the new rooms including the barrel house. We cannot wait until the day we put in the first oak barrels made right here in Minnesota! Matt will make sure they are filled with some great tasting whiskey. Bill Miller still has his beard in anticipation of that first drop so he can shave. Until then, we will focus on the building project.
Preparations are underway for the announcement of a new, privately-owned micro-distillery start up in Waconia, Minnesota. This state-of-the-art craft distilling facility will begin construction Spring 2014 and open Summer 2014.