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The gang get their own whiskey

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Glenn Howerton wasted no time in telling me exactly how excited he was during a recent phone call. “I’m so excited, I’m losing my mind” were his exact words. “We’ve been talking about it for so long and I’m thrilled to finally be able to release it to the world.” But the Philadelphia is always sunny star, writer and executive producer did not talk about the show’s fifteenth season, making it the longest-running live-action television sitcom. Nor was it the project he was working on recently in Canada that required him to go bald, or even the success of the hugely popular podcast he hosts with other Sunny stars and co-creators Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day. No, Howerton was gushing about the new brand of Irish whiskey the gang was about to launch, called Four Walls.

“I had been obsessed with the idea for a while, I just didn’t know what form it was going to take,” he explains. The project was born during the pandemic. “Whisky has always been something I had in mind simply because, first and foremost, I’m a huge whiskey fan. I’ve enjoyed the finer whiskeys for as many years as I could afford. Initially , they toyed with the idea of ​​pulling out a beer, something that would be in keeping with the spirit of the show’s fictional pub, Paddy’s Pub, where the characters spend most of their time inventing wacky schemes, trashing and generally being awful to each other.” But the more we talked about it, the more we realized that at this point in our lives, we’re just big whiskey fans,” he says. “Finding the right partners to do this was the hardest thing, but once we had that we were full steam ahead.”

Four Walls, named after the four walls of Paddy’s, as well as any other IRL bar where so many of us spend so much time, is both a chance to bring high quality whiskey to Sunny fans and give back to the bar community that has suffered so much throughout the pandemic. All proceeds from the whiskey will go to the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s HARP (Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania). Two whiskeys are released this month. The first is a limited-edition 15-year-old Irish single cask single malt priced at $999 (but remember, it’s for charity). Only 755 bottles are available, each housed in a box engraved with the actors’ signatures on the packaging. The second version will be more accessible at $89, an Irish grain and malt blend with Pennsylvania rye that was created for use in cocktails.

These probably aren’t the whiskeys you’ll find at Paddy’s, the seedy scene of crimes such as the gang openly encouraging underage drinking, holding a funeral for a fake baby, and torturing a little person Charlie believed to be a leprechaun. No, Paddy’s is more like a joint from Jameson, Bushmills and Powers. These whiskeys are fine, but for Howerton, Four Walls is meant to be something more special. “I’d like to think my relationship with whiskey is a little healthier than my character’s,” he laughs. “Look, I’m not going to lie, I started drinking in high school like a lot of people. But whiskey back then was the kind of thing you mix in a Coke and squirt it as fast as you can to get yourself drunk. It wasn’t until his early twenties that he got the chance to try something a little more refined. “Someone was nice enough to buy me (because I couldn’t afford it at the time) a really good scotch and I started enjoying the flavor.”

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It seems more than likely that you’ll hear about Four Walls in an upcoming episode of “The Always Sunny Podcast,” a free-for-all conversation in which the guys, along with the producer and Sunny writer Megan Ganz, sometimes happens to talk about an episode of the series. Howerton says the intention is to cover all 15 seasons, as well as the upcoming 16th, but diversions are more than welcome. “Eventually, we’re going to diversify the podcast to cover different topics and do different things,” he says. “The truth is, we’re having so much fun with it, we’re trying to find different ways to expand the format and not just… well, if you’re listening, you know the episodes are about episodes of the show, but we often don’t spend a lot of time talking about it.

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Both bottles of Four Walls. The limited-edition whiskey (left) is $999. Proceeds go to charity. The other is an $89.

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But back to the excitement Howerton feels, which is also largely due to the opportunity to support the pubs, saloons, watering holes and taverns he has frequented over the years. “Some of my fondest memories are of fun nights out at bars,” he says. “So it was an opportunity for us to give back to this place that we believe is a vital part of the community.” And that, he says, is the main idea behind Four Walls – a chance to drink delicious Irish whiskey and celebrate the bar community. “You add that extra layer of making Sunny as long as we’ve been doing it and what part of this show is about the bar…it’s what keeps us together and keeps us together.

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