SLIPKNOT has unveiled details of its very own craft spirit, No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, which will be available August 10 at select retailers in all 50 states and at the band’s headline "Knotfest Roadshow" North American tour. No. 9 Iowa Whiskey can also be obtained at select markets on the North American tour ahead of the August 10 official launch. A collaboration with the Iowa-based Cedar Ridge Distillery, No. 9 Iowa Whiskey (90 proof) will retail for $39.99 and No. 9 Reserve Iowa Whiskey (99 proof) will retail for $69.99, both which are made with corn from the award-winning distillery's family farm in Winthrop, Iowa.
SLIPKNOT's M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan expanded on the partnership, stating, "SLIPKNOT and Cedar Ridge Distillery — two groups of people born and raised in Iowa, and committed to quality and hard work. We collaborated on No. 9 Whiskey, which in addition to Iowa corn, gets some extra spice from its rye content. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Live life, and always be safe."
Owner and founder of Cedar Ridge Distillery, Jeff Quint, noted: "As we came to know the SLIPKNOT guys, we realized we share a lot of the core elements of a good Iowa foundation — these guys are very down to earth, hard-working and care deeply about their followers. Building this whiskey with them was an easy, natural process that resulted in a strong and spicy expression, just the way they wanted it."
"Our challenge was to produce a whiskey that represents SLIPKNOT's style of music; something bold, something with distinguished character, something that you don’t exactly come across every day," added Cedar Ridge head distiller Murphy Quint. "At the same time, it needed to be a whiskey that satisfies a true whiskey aficionado, regardless of its ties to the band. I feel that this blend of bourbon and rye hits that mark."
Today bestselling whiskey writer, tasting expert and renowned critic Fred Minnick spoke with Crahan for Forbes about No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, exclaiming: "SLIPKNOT's No. 9 single-handily puts Iowa whiskey on the map and is the best liquid distilled there."
SLIPKNOT will be announcing special events surrounding the launch of No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, including bottle signings and bar takeovers in the coming weeks.
For availability and more information on No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, visit www.slipknotwhiskey.com.