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Collectible first bottle of Dry Fly Bourbon sells for $2,650 on eBay

Someone must have really wanted that bottle.

Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling offered Ronald McDonald House and Casting4ACure, two area charities, the first bottle in its first ever batch of new bourbon.

That bottle was recently bought for $2,650, in an eBay auction.

The winning bidder hasn't been identified. Mike Forness, executive director of Spokane's Ronald McDonald House, said he'll ask the winner if he wishes to be made public.

Forness said Dry Fly, since opening in 2007, has been a generous benefactor to Ronald McDonald House in Spokane, and to Casting4ACure, a nationwide charity providing money for research to halt Rett Syndrome, a childhood disease that strikes young women predominantly.

The two charities will split the $2,650, Forness said. The Ronald McDonald House share provides enough money to pay for 400 nights for parents of children needing temporary lodging while dealing with severe medical conditions.

Don Poffenroth, the co-founder of Dry Fly, proudly chimed in: "It's the most expensive bottle of liquor in Washington."

The distillery produced a limited number of bottles of its 101-proof bourbon, which were released three weeks ago. All the bottles were sold within hours of being put on sale. The company plans to release its second year batch next summer.

Note: eBay typically bans sale of booze. However, the one exception is for sales of "collectible" alcohol. Ronald McDonald House (the seller of the bottle here) followed the eBay guidelines precisely.




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