Bottoms Up #53 – Ranger Creek .44 Rye

Bottoms Up #53 – Ranger Creek .44 Rye


American whiskey has an outlaw reputation but Ranger Creek Brewery and Distillery named their rye whiskey after a peacemaker. Ginny and Charlie picked up a bottle of their .44 Rye Whiskey at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference to review on the show. Download to see what we think and get the whole story of this unique whiskey.

Run Time: 9 Minutes, 31 Seconds
Download the episode: bottomsup053.mp3

Ranger Creek .44 Rye


From the Official Website

A Rye Whiskey Like No Other: Ranger Creek .44
2013 Small Caliber Series Release

The third release in our Small Caliber Series is an innovative take on the traditional American whiskey. Rye whiskey has a long history in the United States, which includes George Washington operating the largest distillery of its time. Rye has a distinct flavor that can be diverse and complex. It is often described as spicy or fruity and can manifest as cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, clove, or tobacco.

Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye was designed to highlight the complexity of the grain. It is a 100% rye whiskey that is aged in used bourbon barrels. The used barrels produce a more spirit-forward whiskey that allows the flavor of the grain to shine. .44 Texas Rye pours a rich gold with a nose of cinnamon, mint, and toffee. The taste is strong and compact with notes of clove and tobacco. It has a clean, warming finish with lingering notes of fresh bread crust. The whiskey opens up with two drops of water to amplify the diverse rye flavors. The distillery recommends enjoying this premium sipping whiskey neat or on the rocks.

What’s in a name? A little Texas history

.44 Texas Rye takes its name from a popular and powerful handgun with Texas roots. In the mid 1840’s Texas Ranger Captain Samuel H. Walker saw a need for a new handgun that was extremely powerful and very reliable. Samuel Colt built him one. Weighing four and one-half pounds, the .44 “Walker Colt” was the largest and most powerful black powder repeating handgun ever made. Named for the famous Texas Ranger captain, the Walker Colt evolved from the original .36 Paterson Colt.

Limited Edition

Each bottle of whiskey in our Small Caliber Series is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time. Limited production of these unique, innovative whiskeys makes them special collector’s item products.

Uniquely Texan and Grain to Glass

Ranger Creek Rimfire, along with all of our products, is handcrafted in San Antonio from grain to glass in a labor intensive, manual process that takes love, time, and dedication. Some competitors take short cuts and buy their spirits from someone else. We do it like true Texans should.

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