Hard Truth Distilling Co.’s Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey was recently listed in Fred Minnick’s Top 100 list of American whiskeys of 2021. The winning whiskey, released in November 2021, was the first batch of sweet mash whiskeys to hit the market.

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Centra raises money for organizations

Centra Credit Union members, team members and members of the community raised more than $48,000 to support children in need through Centra’s Holiday Giving program.

The program collects monetary donations to purchase gifts for children in need during the holidays.

Brown County Sheriff’s Department’s Shop With a Cop program received $606.21 of the money raised. The remaining funds were given to different organizations, including other Shop With a Cop programs, Salvation Armies and food pantries.

Centra members and community supporters have helped more than 2,500 families over the past eight years of the Holiday Giving program, according to a press release.

The Nashville Centra Credit Union branch is located at 189 Commercial St.

Hard Truth whiskey earns recognition

Hard Truth Distilling Co.’s Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey was recently listed in Fred Minnick’s Top 100 list of American whiskeys of 2021. The winning whiskey, released in November 2021, was the first batch of sweet mash whiskeys to hit the market.

The designation given is “unprecedented since it is their first batch to hit the market,” a press release from Hard Truth Distilling Co. states.

“Never in my career has a new whiskey producer come out with a first batch of a product and it tasted like this. The flavor is absolutely fantastic,” Minnick said in the press release. “This is the best first batch of a new distillery I have ever tasted.”

Over 700 whiskeys released in 2021 were evaluated by color, nose, palate, finish and uniqueness.

“We’re on the forefront of a new era of whiskey-making as sweet mash pioneers here in the state of Indiana, and it is truly an honor to be included on a list with such legendary distillers, especially with our first batch,” said Hard Truth Master Distiller Bryan Smith.

“Crafting the highest quality sweet mash rye and bourbon whiskey in the state of Indiana is at the core of our efforts here at Hard Truth Distilling Co., and our passion for hard work in making world class whiskey really seems to resonate with people. We can’t wait for you to taste the whiskeys yet to come.”

The whiskey is made with the sweet mash method with 100% fresh ingredients and aged in barrels for a minimum of two years, the release states.

For more information on where to purchase Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey or any other Hard Truth product, visit www.hardtruthdistilling.com/spirit-finder/.

Heated igloo rentals open at winery

Country Heritage Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St., is now taking reservations for heated igloo wine tastings.

The domes can seat two to eight people and can be rented for $50 for two hours. For table service the cost is $70.

The winery has music, games and cards for customers to enjoy. The igloos can be rented by calling the Nashville location at 812-988-8500 or email [email protected]

Sampling will be done inside at the tasting bar.