These ‘Deadliest Catch’ Stars Aren’t Just Hauling Crab, They’re Making Whiskey on Board Too

by Michael Freeman
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When you think about Deadliest Catch, you understandably imagine boats taking home tons of crab. What you may not think of is the fact some of them are bringing back whiskey they made onboard.

KING 5 reports Fremont Mischief Distillery gives captains whiskey barrels to bring on their trips. “We just put it right up in the bow and let the boat do the rest of the work,” Josh Harris said. “The hardest part about the whiskey is not getting into it after a bad day of fishing,” added Casey McManus.

Jokes aside, McManus goes into detail about how the deal is mutually beneficial. “It turns out the barrels of whiskey need to be rolled once a month to get the flavor of the barrels in the whiskey. Well on a boat you don’t have to roll it because the boat’s constantly doing this, especially in the Bering Sea, we’re going over 30 and 40, 50-foot waves all year round, you multiply that by two to three years on a boat ride, that’s why it’s ‘Storm Tossed.'”

The Cornelia Marie, The Northwestern, The Wizard, and The Brenna A all house whiskey barrels for their trips. What makes it particularly interesting is the taste differs from ship to ship since each encounters different kinds of waters.

Fresmont Mischief co-owner Mike Sherlock used to fish before making spirits. Because of that, the causes his company supports are all sea-related. Profits from ‘Storm Tossed’ rye go to The Sea Scouts and the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial. Josh Harris is also a fan, saying “In 2013 we started this program to help people. Any opportunity we can get to help people, help different causes, use that star power I guess you would say, to make a difference.”

Sig Hansen Recalls Surviving a Boat Fire By ‘Lying’ to Himself

Having whiskey on hand must be nice for the four ships carrying it, especially during stressful situations. One event that definitely falls under that umbrella is the fire onboard the Northwestern in 2016. According to Sig Hansen, he survived by “lying” to himself.

Talking to TV Line, Hansen admitted feeling more fear than anyone. “Honestly, I think I was more afraid than anybody. I just wanted to stay calm. We do a lot of safety programs, and they always tell you to stay calm, so I just repeated that to myself to try and believe it.”

“I think I was lying to myself, put it that way,” Hansen continued. Realizing people looked to him for leadership and he had to maintain a calm front, he kept his composure, though he was far from composed mentally. Nevertheless, he reported everything worked out fine, especially since everyone was awake when it happened.

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