Credit: Corsair Distillery
Credit: Corsair Distillery

Against the grain: Quinoa whiskey, anyone?

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In other Nashville news, sometimes it pays to be a rebel. Just ask Darek Bell, founder of local Corsair Distillery. Bell started making whiskey from quinoa back in 2011, NPR recounts, only to run up against a federal law forbidding all grains except barley, corn, rye and wheat. Huh?

But last December before the U.S. government shutdown, the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposed greenlighting quinoa as whiskey-worthy. Other grains getting the nod included amaranth, buckwheat and oats. Who says cereal is dead?

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