Limited Edition Signed Prints
Rosen Rye Whiskey at Stoll & Wolfe Distillery
Fine art prints of the first Rosen rye distillation in decades, photographed at Stoll and Wolfe Distillery in Lititz, PA, are now available. Created for a gallery titled “Uncommon Grain” at the American Whiskey Convention on April 3, 2020, the event was to honor and celebrate the legacy of Master Distiller Dick Stoll (if you’ve heard of the whiskey A.H. Hirsch, yeah, that was Dick). Dick was the master distiller at the original Michter’s Distillery in Schaefferstown, PA, where he learned his trade alongside Charles Everett Beam, or “Charlie” as Dick knew him. The gallery “Uncommon Grain” was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and sadly, Dick left us for the angel’s share on August 13, 2020. Dick never got to experience the exhibit, but he did at least get to see these images. Many hands helped bring Rosen rye back from roughly five pounds of seeds from a seed library. On September 3 and 7, 2019, Dick and his whiskey partner Erik Wolfe mashed and distilled a few hundred pounds of the revived Rosen rye for the first time in decades, since Dick used the grain at Michter’s.
Invited as a guest to attend the distillation, I decided to photograph the historic event for posterity. On the morning of the mash, as I was about to leave home, I pulled half a dozen rolls of Kodak TRI-X 35mm black and white film out of the freezer to honor the moment in a timeless medium. A select few images taken with a DSLR are noted. You can read more about Dick’s life in this beautiful piece written by Sam Komlenic of Whiskey Advocate, on the brilliantly knowledgable Ethan Smith Blog, and in my monthly column in Lancaster County Magazine, Foodographer. A heartfelt thanks to Erik, Avi, Elaine, and Dick, for inviting me to join you on this wonderful journey.
If you are looking to purchase a Stoll & Wolfe spirit, you can do so here.