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By in Media & Events Comments Off on Mad River Rye Finished in Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Barrels.

Mad River Rye Finished in Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Barrels.

The Mad River Valley Meets Napa Valley

In the almost-famous Mad River Valley, five villages and two ski areas abut rolling farmland along the flank of Vermont's Green Mountains. And since 2014, the Mad River Valley has become known for whiskey, among other grain-based libations.

Mad River Distillers ferments, distills and bottles a variety of whiskeys at their Warren, VT-based farm for distribution in New England, New York and California. One of the perennial best sellers is Revolution Rye, a whiskey distilled with roasted 'chocolate' rye from the Northeast, which adds a complex and aromatic cocoa/mocha note to the spicy nature of the organic rye grains.

A collaboration between the distillery and Caskforce

In 2018, Nick O’Connell approached Mad River Distillers with the idea for a unique collaborative whiskey, and the distillery jumped at the opportunity. O’Connell is the founder of Caskforce, a Boston-based retailer that curates cask- finished whiskey. He had his eye on some Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and thought a potential pairing between the wine barrels and Mad River Distillers Revolution Rye would work well together. Silver Oak ages their Cabernet in toasted American oak barrels, which both complements and contrasts the charred American oak in which the whiskey is matured.

O'Connell sourced the barrels and shipped them to Vermont, where Mad River Distillers filled the previous red wine-filled casks with aged Revolution Rye, a unique style whiskey with a rare 100 percent rye mashbill. With only five barrels aged in the Mad River Distillers rickhouse, the new limited release showcases the strengths of both the wine and the whiskey.

“I THOUGHT THE DARK BERRY AND WHITE PEPPER NOTES OF THE SILVER OAK CABERNET CASKS WERE THE PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO THE RICH COCOA NOTES OF MAD RIVER’S RYE WHISKEY,” O'CONNELL NOTED.

Mad River Distillers head distiller Alex Hilton agreed; ”The Silver Oak Cellars barrels heightened the roasted notes of the chocolate rye in our mashbill, while adding a lush velvet smoothness to the mouthfeel of the whiskey.”

The Mad River Rye Whiskey Finished in Silver Oak Barrels is priced at $54.99 per bottle and available beginning Friday, November 20 in Massachusetts and Vermont.

In MA:

November 20 - Dec 3 Exclusive at at Post Road Liquors in Wayland, Mass., and Upper Falls Beverage in Needham, Mass.

December 4th Onward Post Road Liquors, Wayland, Upper Falls Beverage, Needham, Julio's Liquors, Westborough. Check back for more retailers.

In VT: November 20 Onward

Mad River Taste Place, 89 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Open Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm

Mad River Distillers, 137 St. Paul St. Burlington, VT 05401. Open Wed-Sun 2-6 pm

The Best of Vermont Festival

Find us at the Best of Vermont Festival presented by Okemo Valley! We’ll be serving tastings on Sunday, August 29th from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM as we celebrate Vermont products, distilleries, wineries, food and art. Pick up some bottles of your favorite Mad River Distillers spirits, and find other local food and drink. There will be music, dance, balloon rides, animals, games, crafts, contests, and fireworks!

The Best of Vermont Festival

Find us at the Best of Vermont Festival presented by Okemo Valley! We’ll be serving tastings on Saturday, August 28th from 12:00-7:00 PM as we celebrate Vermont products, distilleries, wineries, food and art. Pick up some bottles of your favorite Mad River Distillers spirits, and find other local food and drink. There will be music, dance, balloon rides, animals, games, crafts, contests, and fireworks!

By in Media & Events Comments Off on Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause to Benefit Breakthrough Greater Boston

Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause to Benefit Breakthrough Greater Boston

When: June 17th, 2021

Time: 7 - 8 pm via Zoom

Join Taylor Sacco as he demos cocktail making basics with an Old Fashioned, a Manhattan and a Mint Julep. June's Cocktails for a Cause Class benefits Breakthrough Greater Boston, which prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using a unique Students Teaching Students model. Through their programming, they are building the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers.

Register HERE!

Tickets are purchased by donation and all proceeds will be donated directly to Breakthrough. To learn more about Breakthrough Greater Boston: http://breakthroughgreaterboston.org/

By in Media & Events Comments Off on Come work with us!

Come work with us!

We are hiring for the following positions:

Part Time Retail Sales and Tasting Room Server - Burlington

Come work in a fun and fast paced environment at our downtown tasting room and retail store. You must have a love of spirits, be comfortable talking to people, and quick on your feet! You will be trained to check in and cash out customers, stock the store, and serve tastings, simple food items and cocktails. 2 shifts per week to start and potential for more hours as Covid restrictions are lifted. Hourly wage depending on experience ($13-15/hr) plus tips in a tip pool. Everyone who works in our store is trained to do every job and we work as a team. 

Must be able to lift 40 pounds. 18+ to serve alcohol. Please send email of interest and resume to retail@madriverdistillers.com

Sales and Marketing

This position could be part time (15 - 20 hours per week) or full time combined with a position in the store (see above), or combined with tastings at VT events to make a full time position, depending on your location. This is an entry level marketing position, responsible for executing our marketing plan. There are 5 components that need weekly attention, and you would be working from home in combination with visits to the distillery in Warren and the tasting room in Burlington (unless you were also working in the Burlington store.)

Website: update menus and information like hours and items in the online store.

Social media: post according to our social calendar and generate content.

Email: update email newsletter lists and generate draft email newsletters.

Marketing Materials: organize and keep up to date recipe files and photos, and generate new menus and selling materials using Canva.

Events: help plan and execute events, and keep the event calendar current on the website and on Facebook. Examples of events include cocktail classes, off-site tastings, and promotional events in our Burlington tasting room.

Computer skills are important as you will be using the following programs: Canva, Social platforms (IG/Facebook/YouTube), Excel, Outlook, Dropbox, FareHarbor, Square, WordPress, WooCommerce, and others! This is an hourly position, compensation depends on experience. Please email statement of interest and your resume to info@madriverdistillers.com.

Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause with the Vermont Foodbank

Join our very own Taylor Sacco on Wednesday, April 28th from 7pm-8pm for an evening of cocktail making in support of the Vermont Foodbank! (The class will be conducted over zoom).
The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, after-school programs, schools and hospitals. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, provides about 12 million pounds of food annually to people throughout Vermont.
The class will take you through some cocktail making basics, as well as how to mix up a Maple & Brown Sugar Old Fashioned and a Maple Spritz.
Tickets are purchased on a donation basis and all proceeds will be donated directly to the foodbank.

Share the event with friends on Facebook here!

By in Cocktails, RUM 44 Comments Off on Burlington Swizzle

Burlington Swizzle

  • 1.5oz RUM 44
  • 0.75 oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 4 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • Pineapple Prawn

Add ingredients to a shaker without ice and dry shake for about 8-15 seconds. Pour over crushed ice in a Collins glass and swizzle. Top with Angostura Bitters, and Peychaud's Bitters. Garnish with Pineapple Prawn.

By in Cocktails, RUM 44 Comments Off on Parallel People

Parallel People

  • 1.5 oz RUM 44
  • 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lime Wheel

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake for about 8-15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wheel.

By in Cocktails, First Run Rum Comments Off on Midday Reviver

Midday Reviver

  • 1.5 oz First Run Rum
  • 0.75 oz Ginger Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 bottle Fever Tree Ginger Ale
  • 0.5 oz Fernet Branca

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake for about 8-15 seconds. Strain into a collins glass over ice. Top with Fever Tree Ginger Ale, leaving 1 inch at the top of the glass. Garnish with floater of Fernet Branca.

By in Cocktails, First Run Rum, RUM 44 Comments Off on Persephone

Persephone

Muddle 2 strawberries in the shaker, then add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker (no ice). Shake for about 15-20 seconds vigorously. Add ice to shaker, shake for another 10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with sliced strawberries.

By in Cocktails, Vanilla Rum Comments Off on Vermont Cobbler

Vermont Cobbler

  • 1 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 1 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
  • 0.75 oz Curaçao
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Lemon Juice

In a shaker muddle 5-7 raspberries. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker with ice. Shake for about 8-15 seconds. Strain contents into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh Mint Sprig and berries, and dust with powdered sugar.