Here is an article that appeared in the local Berkshire Courier written by us, we hope you enjoy it and support our local and regional artisanal distilleries!
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New England Spirit –
There is a small batch, craft spirit revolution that is steadily growing in New England. Dotted across the New England region, there are artistic entrepreneurs who are distilling everything from everyday to esoteric liquor.
Lets start in our own backyard. Sheffield, MA is the proud home of Berkshire Mountain Distillers who’s reach has extended across the nation in just a few short years. I can remember when Chris personally traveled from store to bar to introduce himself and his artisanal spirits. Now, he’s cask finishing his bourbon in used craft beer casks from Florida to Washington state and his award winning gin is unbeatable for an affordable price.
In addition to producing some of the best beer in the world, Vermont produces a number flavorful spirits. Fall is right around the corner and the gold medal winning Vermont Maple Sapling liqueur is an autumn favorite in cocktails. A spiced apple maple whiskey cocktail is one of my favorite warming beverages during the cool and colorful Berkshire foliage season.
Whistle Pig 100% Rye Whiskey is another esteemed Vermont beverage. With industry accolades such as “Highest Rating Ever” from Wine Enthusiast and “5 Stars” from the Spirit Journal, this 100 proof rye whiskey has made it’s mark in the whiskey world.
You don’t hear a lot about New Hampshire in the beverage world but there are flavorful spirits being crafted up there which are in the market. Fabrizia Limoncello is a true family run business. It all started a decade ago when Phil Mastroianni took a heritage trip to Italy with his great aunt. Inspiration struck and today we have a refreshing, delicious New England Limoncello we can be proud to serve any Italian.
Another flavorful spirit from New Hampshire is the Boggy Meadow “Swichel” Cider Vodka. If you’re a fan of the locally made Fire Cider, this is the spirit for you. Switchel is what I call a “Heritage Beverage”. It is a drink that has sustained thirsty field workers during the hot summer months and so is also known as haymaker’s punch. This switchel is made with boiled apple cider, ginger, vinegar, and is distilled 6 times.
As your vision travels the selection at liquor stores, keep an eye out for these and other beverages from our regional artisans – it’s good for the community and great for your palate.