The American Whiskey Industry Is Basically One Gigantic Scam


We’re being lied to by corporate America, you guys! Again!

What’s disappointing in this scenario, though, is that you’re being lied to by something you’ve relied on, something you’ve trusted! Whiskey, that two-faced whore.

According to lawyer/food blogger Steve Ury, there’s a giant factory in Indiana that goes by the name of Midwest Grain Products, or MGP, mass-producing whiskey to be sold to big name distilleries. Essentially, you could honestly be paying for the home décor after you finish the bottle rather than the whiskey inside.

One way to find out if you’re getting screwed is to look at the wording on the label. “Does it say it is ‘distilled’ by that company, or does it say it’s ‘bottled by’ or ‘produced by’ that company? That sounds like a small difference, but it has a big legal meaning,” says Ury.

Though made by the same company and of 95% rye, the barrels may produce a different taste.

“Sometimes they blend it with other whiskeys; sometimes they put it in a barrel that previously held port or rum to give it a slightly different flavor. Sometimes they’ll filter it. But there’s a commonality of flavor of these MGP ryes because they are so distinct.”

Liars! Swindlers! I trusted you! I let you see a different side of me and you’re…you’re just fake!

LOL no, jk. I drink bourbon like a real (wo)man. Sucks for you whiskey connoisseurs, though.

[via NPR]

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My state gave you J. Law, Clooney, two-fifths of the Backstreet Boys, and multiple fifths of bourbon. I gave you a cover letter using Brian McKnight lyrics. Psuedo-adult by day; PGP, TFM, and TSM contributor by night. Please don't ask me to do math.

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