- The Washington Times - Monday, May 12, 2014

An Iowa distillery thinks it’s found a surefire win with its Templeton Rye Pork Project: Raising pigs to taste like whiskey.

The Templeton Rye Distillery bought 25 Duroc pigs in January and began feeding them, in part, distillery grain, United Press International reported.

“As a group who appreciates both flavor and quality, we thought it would be interesting to bring to market a selection of heritage breed pigs fed a diet using spent Templeton Rye mash,” the project website described. And interest in the project has taken off, UPI said.

Bacon-lovers from all over have called the company seeking to buy the pigs.

“We have a little motto here. My dad always told me, ‘Nothing good happens after 12 p.m.’ So, it seems like that’s when this idea was probably thought of — after we had a few drinks,” distillery co-founder Keith Krekhoff told the local WQAD. “I don’t think we’re going to have any problem getting rid of the 25 pigs.”

The pigs will be ready for sale and transfer in June, UPI reported.

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