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What is Wheyward Spirit?

Wheyward Spirit is a clear, specialty spirit distilled from whey. It is 80 proof and is sold in 750 ml bottles.

Are you a Vodka, Rum, Gin, or Whiskey?

These names are definitions created by the government and relate to both what a spirit is made from and how much natural flavor you can retain based on distillation. For example, vodka can be made from anything as long as you distill it until nearly neutral, whereas a whiskey is made from grain. 

We are doing things differently for the right reasons, creating a naturally flavorful, grain-free spirit. We are breaking the traditional classification molds and that makes us a Speciality Spirit.

What is a Speciality Spirit?

A Speciality Spirit is the name for anything that doesn’t fit into the traditional classifications. We see this as the category for innovation within existing government classifications and see Wheyward Spirit as a natural evolution in agricultural spirits. By using whey versus grain for fermentation, and by following a distillation approach that allows us to retain a signature flavor true to our source, we are making a spirit where you can taste a difference and make a difference.

How do I use it?

Wheyward Spirit is a base spirit but it’s far from basic. It is smooth and sippable on the rocks with a twist of lemon peel, or as the 1-3 ounce pour of base spirit in your favorite drink -- the options are endless! Wheyward Spirit replaces the traditional base spirit (vodka, gin, or rum) for a new and unique drink experience. 

Looking for some inspiration? Check out all of our cocktail recipes here and craft your own bespoke creations!

What does Farm-to-Flask mean?

Farm-to-Flask means that our spirit is single batch and crafted from scratch using raw materials, as opposed to starting with pre-purchased alcohol. We source our whey from domestic dairies to create the foundation of our spirit. This lengthens our process, but allows us to create a remarkable and versatile spirit for our Herd.

Why whey?

Whey is a liquid byproduct of the cheesemaking process. It is nutritious with a mild sweet and creamy flavor, but billions of pounds of this high quality ingredient go to waste every year! Wheyward Spirit’s unique process is giving a new life to excess whey, helping to prevent food waste while delivering a more sippable and sustainable spirit. Learn more about how we upcycle whey to make our handcrafted spirit here!

HOW IS THIS SUSTAINABLE?

Wheyward Spirit is helping to upcycle ingredients that would have otherwise gone to waste. One-third of all food produced goes to waste, so we’re working to utilize whey to its fullest extent. Using whey versus traditional grains also delivers significant benefits like water and carbon savings and helps to support a more resilient food system.

IS THIS VEGAN

No, Wheyward Spirit is not vegan but it is lactose, grain, and gluten-free! 

Is it flavored? What does it taste like?

Nope! Our notes of vanilla cream, warm oak, and spice come naturally from our specialty fermentation and distillation process, not additives or flavoring. Our distillation process is more similar to an artisan tequila or rum than a vodka, allowing us to have a signature flavor of our spirit without adding anything after distillation other than filtered water to proof.

How will I know I will like this?

  • Wheyward Spirit has been recognized as a Good Food Awards Winner for Spirits, and highlighted in outlets such as Eating Well, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Chilled, Sip, and Forbes. 
  • We believe our spirit is the gateway to bespoke creations, and we would love to guide you on your journey to enjoy Wheyward Spirit to its fullest!
  • Not sure where to start? We’re happy to help! Reach out to us for all the Wheyward Spirit tips and tricks, or start with our cocktail quiz to be paired with your new favorite drink.

Wow, this is cool! How haven’t I heard about this before?

Wheyward Spirit launched to market in the fall of 2020, but it has taken a multi-year entrepreneurial journey to bring such a unique and impactful product to market. Since launch, it has been really well received with people loving not only our spirit, but why we make it. We have been named a GRIST 2021 Environmental Fixer, Spirited Most Admired Maker of 2020, and a Finalist for Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas. We were also named as a Cascadia Cleantech Accelerator Standout Company, and are recipients of USDA SBIR funding.

How do I buy this?

  • Wheyward Spirit is available to ship directly to your doorstep in 39 states and Washington D.C. through our website.
  • Want to buy in-person? Let your local retailer know that you want to see Wheyward Spirit on their shelves and shoot us a message so we can follow up with them too.

IS IT SOLD IN STORES?

We are currently sold in Oregon and California retailers but are quickly expanding. In the state of Oregon, simply ask any liquor store for 5673B - Wheyward Spirit and they will special order for you to their store!

How can you ship to me?

We use third party retailers that can ship directly to you in participating states. Someone 21+ must be able to sign for the package at the time of delivery. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!

How can I sell this in my store/restaurant/bar?

Contact us to learn more about bringing Wheyward Spirit to your business!

How do I join the Wheyward Herd?

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