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Find your bottle of Burnt Rock Bourbon!

Beginning September 22

In Vermont:

Direct from the distillery tasting room! 137 St. Paul St. Burlington, VT  05401. Hours: Wed. 12-6, Thurs. 12-8, Fri-Sat. 12-10, Sun-Mon. 12-6.

In MA and RI:
MA Restaurants
Troquet on South
Catalyst
Alden and Harlow
Toro
LaVoille
Lola 42
Shojo

MA Retail
Giles Wines and Spirits
Boston Wine Exchange
Falmouth Wine and Spirits
Julios
Ball Square
Needham Wine and Spirits
Cambridge Spirits
Pour Richards
Gordon’s Main Street
Hopsters Alley
Wine Emporium
Cambridge Wine and Spirits
Dover Wine Company
City Liquors
Kappy’s Peabody
Kappy’s Danvers
Kappy’s Malden
Kappy’s East Boston
Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits

RI
Bottles Fine Wine and Spirits
New Harvest
Durks
Statesman Tavern

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Mad River’s Newest Release; Burnt Rock Bourbon

 

Mad River Distillers to Release Super-Limited Burnt Rock Bourbon on September 19th

WARREN, Vermont (September 5, 2017) – Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the distillery’s new Burnt Rock Bourbon will be released in extremely limited quantities on Tuesday, September 19th at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars.

“We were looking for a different bourbon experience, something spicier with a bit of smoke to it,” said Mimi Buttenheim, Mad River Distillers’ president. “The maple wood smoke allowed us to showcase our Vermont roots.”

Entirely different from the distillery’s flagship four-grain, wheated bourbon (corn, wheat, oats, and barley), Burnt Rock Bourbon is a 12- to 18-month old corn, rye, and maple wood-smoked barley named after a popular hiking trail up Burnt Rock Mountain in Mad River Valley, Vermont.

“We hand-built our smoker from a used steel drum and smoke the malted barley over maple wood from our property at Cold Spring Farm,” said Alex Hilton, general manager and distiller at Mad River Distillers. “The corn we used was grown organically in Vermont, and the rye adds a nice spice element to complement the smoke. As they say, ‘Smoke it if you got it.’”

About Burnt Rock Bourbon

  • Tasting Notes: Sweet maple smoke and cedar with orange spice on the nose and tastes of citrus, caramel, rye, tobacco, and bright herbal notes. The finish is long and chewy – reminiscent of a fine single malt.
  • Bottled at 92 proof with 46% ABV.
  • Each bottle is hand-numbered.
  • Massachusetts release will be 40 cases (240 bottles) of 750ml bottles for $52.99 each and Vermont release will be 75 cases (452 bottles) of 375ml bottles for $39.99 each.
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Mad River Bourbon Featured in Conde Nast Traveler!

Mad River Distillers Bourbon Whiskey
Made in…Waitsfield, Vermont
“We are lighter than traditional Kentucky bourbons,” says President Mimi Buttenheim, of this northern bourbon that only hit shelves in 2014 but is readily available in New York City now. “I think the bourbon is better, because we have some extreme cold,” she continues. “For only a year old, it has wonderful color and exceptional smoothness. It plays well in an Old Fashioned, but is truly great in a Julep.”

 

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Mad River Distillers PX Rum Wins Double Gold at 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

WARREN, Vermont (April 27, 2017) – Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the distillery’s PX Rum recently took home a Double Gold Medal at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) held April 20-23 at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco, Calif.

 

“Our PX Rum is distilled from demerara sugar and then aged in charred and toasted oak barrels before being finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for more than a year,” said Alex Hilton, General Manager at Mad River Distillers. “The result is a smooth sipping rum with nutty and smoky aromas and flavors – perfect for any classic rum cocktail.”

 

SFWSC is considered the most influential spirits competition in the world. More than 2,100 entries were submitted by craft spirits distilleries, making it the largest in San Francisco World Spirits Competition’s 17-year history. The judging panel was comprised of 43 industry experts including James Beard Award-winning author, David Wondrich, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler, recently named America’s Bartender of the Year and the country’s Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer at the 2016 Spirited Awards.

 

“Our PX Rum was up against some of the finest spirits in the world,” Hilton said. “Winning a Double Gold medal in San Francisco is a testament to the quality, hard work and – pun aside – spirit of our team here at Mad River Distillers.”

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Fresh: Ideas and Ingredients Behind the Bar in 2017

Celebrate Spring with the VT Sour featuring Revolution Rye!

Our Burlington event, “Fresh,” went off spectacularly on Friday, April 21. Mad River Distillers Burlington, Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, and Alice & the Magician teamed up to showcase trends and new techniques in cocktails for 2017.

We asked some of our best friends, favorite bartenders, and all around spirit savvy folks for what they look forward to seeing more of in cocktail culture; what methods, techniques, flavors and tricks currently make Vermont bartenders tick?

Using the inspiration of these bars and bartenders we have created a unique series of craft cocktails to give you a look at what you can expect to see throughout 2017! Think NYC Fashion Week meets Cocktails. A demonstration of exciting new styles and drinks that VT bars are working with.

More recipes here: https://www.aliceandthemagician.com/fresh

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2017 Press!

4 Ways Rye Whiskey is Going Against the Grain
The rye whiskey renaissance has led to a new batch of American distillers breaking established rules and foraging ahead with forward-thinking spirits.
BY KARA NEWMAN
Wine Enthusiast 
Published on February 21, 2017

 

New England Distillers’ Mash Note to Bourbon 
Pioneers stake a claim to the Kentucky-born classic, but going against the grain has its challenges

BY TOM ACITELLI / PHOTOS MICHAEL PIAZZA, To Market Magazine, February 2017

“If you don’t want to taste the grain in the spirit you’re drinking, then drink vodka.” That is Brett Little, co-founder and distiller at Mad River Distillers in Warren, Vermont, a little outside of Burlington.

 

How Two Back Bay Entrepreneurs Founded a Thriving Distillery (& a Must-Sip Cocktail Recipe  
By Sara Cornell | March 2, 2017 | Food & Drink

Artisanal rum and whiskey whisked one Boston power couple away to…Vermont?

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Recent Press on Our Whiskeys!

4 ways Rye Whiskey is going against the grain.
The rye whiskey renaissance has led to a new batch of American distillers breaking established rules and foraging ahead with forward-thinking spirits.

Revolution Rye (Mad River Distillers, Warren, VT, $50). Three rye varietal grains, a portion of which is malted and roasted “chocolate” rye, create deep toffee and orange peel flavors.

Read the full article on Wine Enthusiast

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Mad River Distillers Releases Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey

Warren, Vermont, November 7th, 2016–  Mad River Distillers of Warren is debuting its newest whiskey with the strictly limited edition release of Hopscotch, the first (legal) Vermont Single Malt Whiskey in, as far as we can tell, at least a hundred years.

The 2016 Mad River Distillers Hopscotch release, bottled at 92 proof (46% ABV), is the result of a collaboration with neighbor and award-winning brewer Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids.

Just 200 hand-numbered bottles have been produced for the Vermont market, along with a limited release to key craft spirits retailers in Massachusetts. Sales begin on Tuesday, November 15th.

“Hopscotch came about from our friendship with Sean and the idea that we had been interested in doing a Single Malt whiskey,” said Mad River Distillers Alex Hilton. “We worked on a mash bill collectively that we felt would be well suited for a Single Malt. We distilled it, he added some hops then we barreled it. And then we waited…”

Lawson completed a 100% barley beer wash as the base for the whiskey at his brewery, 10% of which was maple-smoked with wood sourced from the distillery’s Cold Springs Farm. Mad River then distilled the wash into whiskey in its Müller still. It filled new, charred American Oak barrels which aged in the company’s rickhouse.

Hopscotch was aged for over a year, and carefully tested for maturation along the way by Mad River Distillers Alex Hilton, John Egan and Brett Little. The result is a supple, flavorful whiskey that bridges the ground between the classic American whiskey style and the smoky tang of traditional Scottish Single Malts. The final stamp of approval came from Lawson himself.

“I think he was impressed,” Hilton commented. “I don’t think there were really any expectations, but when he tasted the finished whiskey, he gave us his ‘2000 percent’ approval!”

The company plans a release party at the Mad River Distillers Burlington tasting room on Tuesday, November 15th complete with food, beer from Lawson’s Finest and live music from members of The Grift.

About Mad River Distillers:

Mad River Distillers was founded in 2011 by John Egan, Brett Little and Maura Connolly with the intention of producing high-quality, handcrafted spirits using locally-sourced, non-GMO ingredients and Cold Springs Farm’s exceptionally pure natural spring water. The Warren, Vermont-based company, which is now distributed in New England, New York and California, currently produces four rums, three whiskeys including Hopscotch, and Malvados Apple Brandy, which was a 2015 Good Food Awards winner.

 

About Lawson’s Finest Liquids:

Lawson’s Finest is a small batch, artisanal microbrewery located in Warren, Vermont. The beer is custom crafted at a modest production facility tucked in the woods, on the east flank of Lincoln Mountain.

Sean Lawson has earned critical acclaim and an enthusiastic fan following in the world of craft brewing. He started Lawson’s Finest as a single-barrel nanobrewery, with his wife Karen in 2008 after 20 years of home brewing. His specialty maple beers & IPA’s have garnered awards at the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and at two National IPA championships (2011 – Triple Play IPA and 2016- Super Session #2.)

 

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Hopscotch Release Nov. 15th!

RSVP to retail@madriverdistillers.com. Limited capacity!

hopscotch-release-posterIn Massachusetts, find Hopscotch at the following retailers:

Cambridge Spirits: 9 Broad Canal
City Liquors: Mass Ave
Hopsters Alley at the Boston Public Market
Giles Fine Wines: Winchester
Table and Vine: West Springfield
Cambridge Wine and Spirits: Fresh Pond
Pour Richards: Franklin, MA
Social Wines: South Boston

Rhode Island:
Bottles, Providence

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Release Date Announcement: PX Rum Finished in Pedro Ximenez Barrels

RELEASE DATE OCTOBER 20, 2016


Our demerara-based rum takes on a new dimension. After careful aging in a mixture of toasted and charred barrels, the rum is finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, imparting nutty and smoky aromas and flavors. Limited quantities of PX Rum are available at our Burlington, VT tasting room.

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PX Rum Release Party- You’re Invited!

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PX Rum Release Party

Thursday, October 20th, 6-9 pm

Mad River Distillers Burlington  137 St. Paul St. Burlington, VT  05401  Tel: 802-489-5501

Limited entry, RSVP: retail@madriverdistillers.com

$20 tickets, includes PX Rum tasting, tapas and a cocktail. PX Rum available for sale. Get this limited edition while you can!

 

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Mad Celebration

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 oz. Malvados
  • Chilled Sparkling Wine

Put the bitters on the sugar cube and place in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add Malvados and top the glass with sparkling wine.

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Malvados Old Fashioned

  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 oz. Malvados

Stir maple syrup, bitters and Malvados over ice.  Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with apple or an orange swath.

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Jack Rose

  • 2 oz MRD Malvados Apple Brandy
  • 1 oz Jack Rudy Craft Grenadine
  • .5 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

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