3 Ways You Can Prepare Yourself for the Impending Whiskeypocalypse

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Heather Hoch
Don't let a whiskey shortage stand between you and imbibing.
Bad news, whiskey lovers. According to the Smithsonian, we've all been drinking more whiskey than distillers can make. Representatives from the highly en vogue Buffalo Trace Bourbon said in the article that the situation isn't likely to be fixed anytime soon either: "The increase in sales, coupled with the aging process and evaporation loss, leads to a shortage with no end in sight."

Here are some ideas on how to get by without whiskey for a while:

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Sure, you can stock up and hope your whiskey stores last before barrels run dry, or you can be proactive and try out one of these suggestions:

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Heather Hoch
1. Use Rum in Place of Whiskey
Have you tried a rum Old Fashioned yet? It's just as tasty as its whiskey-based predecessor and its complementary sugary vanilla flavors might have you converting to rum once and for all. Local Arizona distillery Desert Diamond makes four varieties, all aged differently. We suggest the Gold Miner Agave Rum.

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Heather Hoch
2. Go For a Local Brew
Fundamentally, whiskey and beer are pretty much the same thing in terms of ingredients. One is brewed, and the other distilled, giving whiskey a boozy egde. However, local breweries are experimenting with aging beer, which might give you some of those tasting notes you crave. Fate Brewing in Scottsdale, Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert, and Dragoon Brewing in Tucson have all experimented with barrel-aged brews.

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3. Switch to Gin
With summer heat rapidly approaching, switching to a clear spirit might not be such a bad idea to get you through a few months and give whiskey makers a break. Gin's bright mix of botanical flavors make a great, refreshing summer cocktail base. Plus with varieties ranging from the more piney, juniper-forward London Dry like Beefeater to the more light and citrusy styles like Arizona Distilling's Desert Dry, gins are all vastly different in taste so if you don't like one flavor combination, try switching it up.

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Arizona Distilling Co.

508 W. 1st St., Tempe, AZ

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Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co

721 N. Arizona Ave., Gilbert, AZ

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Fate Brewing Company

7337 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

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43 comments
David Anderson
David Anderson

Garrison Brothers Distillery - 2014 Micro Distillery of the Year, One of the owners lives in Cave Creek. it's the best I have ever tasted.

mwdoming1
mwdoming1

Journalism at its finest. Solution to running out of whiskey = drink something else. I can't wait to hear the mind melting wisdom when we discuss something important like running out of water.

Josh Stocker
Josh Stocker

J----- I can't believe 2/3 of their suggestions is to drink rum or gin instead!! Unreal. Also, I have been to Buffalo Trace Distillery, and they said if they stopped distilling today, they would have enough on hand to barrel for 20 years. So, we just have to play the waiting game hahaha

Patrick N. Smith
Patrick N. Smith

This is ..what is the term? Oh yes...dumbass. Besides, one can always make one's own in fact.

Ralph Serpe
Ralph Serpe

quality gin is beautiful full of botanicals, good tequila is like a clean pain killer , new times is a liberal rag good for cleaning vomit after drinkin shit whiskey

Man at Leisure
Man at Leisure

Good thing Thumb Butte Distillery just opened. Prescott will be safe.

Elizabeth Diane
Elizabeth Diane

Justin Rudick, this was on the Brady report this morning. Lol

James Saffles
James Saffles

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Jason Caflin
Jason Caflin

good thing whiskey fucks up my stomach. i can keep drinking beer.

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