Hometown craft whiskey producer ASW Distillery launching World Champions Release bourbon finished on maple bats, celebrating the Atlanta Braves

Fiddler Chin Music Bourbon celebrates the Braves as part of an ongoing series of releases

June 23rd, 2022

ATLANTA (June 23, 2022) – ASW Distillery, the Most Awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery since 2018 at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, releases a new edition of its flagship Fiddler Bourbon line, Fiddler Chin Music, that commemorates the Atlanta Braves’ unprecedented 2021 Championship run. The release sees ASW Distillery finish its Gold Medal-winning Wheated Bourbon mash bill on staves of Georgia oak and hand-charred maple bats from renowned Nashville bat manufacturers, Old Hickory Bat Co. Bottled at Cask Strength with baseball imagery adorning the label, this release is the first in an ongoing series of Fiddler Chin Music releases celebrating the Atlanta Braves.

Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson started ASW Distillery in 2011; Justin Manglitz, a world-class master distiller, joined his fellow University of Georgia alumni in 2015. ASW was the first whiskey distillery in the City of Atlanta since the American Prohibition. The manufacturer has released Fiddler Bourbon, Resurgens Rye, Bustletown Vodka, and Winterville Gin in addition to bringing the state its first-ever Double Gold Medal award for a whiskey with its Duality Double Malt.

"The Atlanta Braves have been such an integral part of Georgia history for over fifty years. The state has likewise been home to a rich tradition in whiskey-making that we've been excited to help revive,” said Jim Chasteen, CEO of ASW Distillery. “Bringing these two traditions together is like a dream come true for us. The Braves have really created a community feel at The Battery Atlanta, and all the neighbors know we get to be part of something special. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the one-to-one correlation between the number of years we’ve had our location at The Battery Atlanta, and the number of World Championships the Braves have brought home to Atlanta while playing at Truist Park."

This World Champions Release of Fiddler Chin Music extends ASW Distillery’s relationship with the Atlanta Braves, as both a tenant of The Battery Atlanta development with ASW’s vodka/gin distillery and tasting room, and as an in-stadium sponsor with ASW’s branded Airstream bar on the Xfinity Rooftop Terrace overlooking right field. The idea for Fiddler Chin Music took shape after the Braves front office bottled a private barrel of ASW’s bourbon prior to the 2021 MLB playoffs. From that private barrel, ASW and the Braves decided to make the Braves Front Office’s selections more widely available. Derek Schiller, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves, came up with the name, Fiddler Chin Music, in the first meeting the two organizations held about the project.

“This was an incredibly fun project with ASW creating a product that marries one of the best bourbons while adding a nod to baseball by infusing bats directly into the bourbon.” said Schiller. “Chin Music is a way to continue our World Championship celebration and we look forward to sharing it with our fans.”

This World Champions Release will feature 4,000 bottles, available at bottle shops across Georgia, and in ASW Distillery’s three Atlanta tasting rooms, including The Battery Atlanta location.