Oldest Wisconsin whiskey to be released in Madison Friday

Yahara Bay celebrates 10 years with release

MADISON, Wis. - Madison is about to get its first taste of a record-making Wisconsin whiskey made inside the city.

Yahara Bay Distillers opened its doors 10 years ago, keeping one of its first barrels in a back room for the following decade. The distillery is now opening up that barrel, offering the oldest aged whiskey ever produced in the state of Wisconsin. 

Workers are bottling up the brew, getting ready for their release party at the end of the week. 

The family-owned business now employs three generations. 

"I'm proud we all still get together for holidays," said Lars Forde, head distiller of Yahara Bay.  "And we all still love each other. But it's been a fantastic journey ... you never know what you're going to get into every day."

Yahara Bay's 10-year anniversary party is Friday from 4-10 p.m. at the distillery on Nesbitt Road.

The company is only selling about 500 bottles of the whiskey. 

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