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Hillary Fans Can Now Buy “Rodham Rye” From This Female-Run DC Distillery

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NYC Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 24 March 2017
Back when the world was normal and Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared to be a shoo-in for president, the whiskeymakers at Washington D.C.-based Republic Restoratives created a product to honor the first female U.S. head of government and intended to release it for her inauguration.

But then the election happened. As baffled by the result as the rest of us were, they delayed launching the whiskey. But we all need a dram these days more than ever, so they’re moving forward with Rodham Rye. Made from a blend of one-year-old and three-and-a-half-year-old ryes from Tennessee, the rye will launch on March 25.

Pia Carusone, co-owner of Republic Restoratives (and who previously worked for congresswoman Gabby Giffords) told Washingtonian that of the grains used in whiskey, “rye is the hardiest, sturdiest, most resilient of all.” Kind of like a former presidential candidate we know.

Although Rodham Rye is obviously named for the woman who should have been our 45th President, says her inspirations were more widely sourced. “It’s a tribute to women in history, and a tribute to women in our everyday lives,” Carusone told Washingtonian.

Five percent of the proceeds from the rye will go to EMILY’s List, which supports women in politics. Fewer than 5,000 bottles were made, but Carusone alludes to the possibility of another batch. “You never know, there could be a comeback.”