In high-proof whiskeys, rye imparts a spicy, drying character. That makes the spirit suitable for sipping solo or as the brawny base for cocktails such as the Manhattan.
Lately, rye has begun performing a similar magic trick in a number of beers. Used in conjunction with other grains, rye imparts complexity, sharpness, subtle spiciness, and dryness to beer styles ranging from piney IPAs to chocolaty porters (or a delightful combination of both). Rye can balance out sweetness, curtail lingering bitterness, and create a bone-dry finish. It's the first stirrings of a newfound love.
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