By Brennen Jensen
“Eli Breitburg-Smith, head distiller at the three-year-old Baltimore Whiskey Company, uses a claw hammer to pop the bung off a fifty-three-gallon barrel of aging rye whiskey. Next, he dips a “whiskey thief” into the opening—the curious name for a tool distillers use to extract samples. Well, on closer inspection, it’s a self-styled version fashioned out of a length of bent copper tubing and not the exacting apparatus you might see wielded in Bardstown or the Scottish Highlands. “We don’t showboat or put on any airs,” the grinning distiller says, deftly filling shot glasses with light amber liquid…” Click here to continue reading!