Visit the Trophy Room in Boston for Patrick’s incredible cocktail “Don’t Chai Me” featuring Chai Tea infused Vanilla Rum, Foro amaro, espresso, Thai coconut milk & ‘Elemakule Tiki’ bitters.
Trophy Room 26 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116
Congratulations Chelsea Harris!
Chelsea beat out 12 bartenders over three rounds of competition. The finals were held at the Copper Grouse in Manchester, VT on April 10th. The winning cocktail featured Revolution Rye.
The “market basket” for the final round consisted of Revolution Rye, Fernet Branca, a coconut, and a choice of four ice cream flavors.
The winning recipe:
1 oz Revolution Rye
1 oz Cocchi di Torino
.5 oz Coconut Milk
2 barspoons Fernet
Stir ingredients over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with maple blackberry whipped cream.
Maple Blackberry Whipped Cream
3 oz Lulu maple ice cream
3 oz Heavy Cream
6 muddled blackberries
Shake in a cocktail shaker until thick.
Find Chelsea at Pizzeria Verita in Burlington, VT.
WARREN, Vermont (April 4, 2018) – Sometimes the need to change is inevitable. Other times it is forced by nature. But in this case, Mad River Distillers is choosing to rename its award-winning Malvados apple brandy to both avoid a wicked legal dust up and use the opportunity to enlist the public’s help. The Warren, Vermont distillery was served with a cease-and-desist notice by the French spirits marketing board, who were unimpressed with the small company’s translation skills.
“Malvados means ‘wicked’ in both Spanish and Portuguese,” quipped Mad River founder John Egan. “But we are lovers of brandy, not fighters. To be honest, we never thought we’d become big enough to show up on their radar.”
Malvados is a traditional-style, dry apple brandy made entirely with native Vermont apples and handcrafted in Mad River Distillers converted horse barn. The company was pleased to receive the ultimate acclaim for the 100 proof brandy in 2016, when it was awarded a Good Food Award for Best Distilled Spirit. The recognition certainly brought the upstart distillery international acclaim, but with the increased profile came the registered piece of mail: change the name or face the legal consequences in court.
“We thought it would be fun to enlist the public’s help with a new name,” said Mimi Buttenheim, President of Mad River Distillers. “So we came up with a nice prize package.”
The winning entry, judged by the Mad River Distillers team, will earn an overnight stay at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, a $200 dinner certificate, and a cocktail flight in the distillery’s eponymous Burlington tasting room.
Entries may be submitted via Facebook, Instagram (@MadRiverDistillers) or via Twitter (@DrinkMRD) and should include the proposed name, as well as the hashtags #true802 and #RenameOurBrandy. The winner will be contacted for a mutually-agreeable prize delivery date. The contest runs from April 6 through April 27, 2018. Transportation to and from Burlington, Vermont for redemption is the responsibility of the winner.
Named one of the hottest new bars in America by Zagat, Lion’s Tail is know for their innovative cocktail menu.
“A Cocktail Named Francis” features Mad River Revolution Rye, cognac washed with maple syrup and bacon, punt e mes, allspice, vanilla bean and smoked clove.
Did you know that March is traditionally the biggest snowfall month of the season in Vermont?
Do you want to ski for free? Mad River Distillers is giving away pairs of tickets to some of Vermont’s best mountains!
To win a pair of tickets:
Winners selected on Friday, March 2. Good luck!
#madeinVT #craftdistilling #skiVT #rideVT #true802 #madrivervalley
Rory is the bar manager at La Voile in Boston, MA, and has worked with the whole Mad River Distillers line of spirits since we debuted in Massachusetts. The Sunset Fire cocktail features Revolution Rye and Tahitian Moon highlights Vanilla Rum. Find Rory on Instagram @50shadesofrory
1.5 oz Mad River Vanilla Rum
0.5 oz Lazzaroni Amaretto
0.75 oz lime juice
0.25 oz ginger syrup**
1 dash Angostura bitters
3 drops Bitter Truth Pimento dram
Combine the ingredients above in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake hard. Then, fine strain everything in a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an edible flower.
**Ginger Syrup – – Mix two parts sugar with one part fresh pressed ginger juice. Stir until sugar dissolves and bottle. Add one ounce of high proof vodka to preserve.
1.5 oz Mad River Revolution Rye
0.75 oz Emilio Lustau Amontillado Sherry
0.75 oz Wolfberger Amer Gingembre
2 barspoons Letherbee Fernet
1 tsp cane syrup (2:1)
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Angostura Orange bitters
Combine ingredients above in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist and discard the peel.
Mad River Distillers To Release
Second Edition of Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey
WARREN, Vermont (October 30, 2017) – Mad River Distillers of Vermont is proud to announce the upcoming release of the second edition of its extremely limited Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey on Friday, November 17 at select Vermont and Massachusetts retailers and bars. The second Hopscotch release is the result of collaboration with neighbor and family-operated microbrewery, Stone Corral Brewery.
“For our second batch of Hopscotch, we decided to distill an existing beer from Stone Corral and chose their Scotch Ale for obvious reasons,” explained Alex Hilton, general manager and distiller at Mad River Distillers. “The result is a rich and malt-forward whiskey, much like the beer itself.”
Hopscotch is Vermont’s first single malt whiskey, a collaboration between Mad River Distillers and their brewer partners. For this second edition with Stone Corral Brewery, just less than 700 bottles have been produced and hand-numbered for release.
“We are excited to be working with Mad River Distillers on the Hopscotch project because we believe we share similar philosophies regarding the integrity of ingredients and construction of flavors,” said Bret Hamilton, co-founder of Stone Corral Brewery. “Our Scotch Ale was a natural starting place for us to explore crafting a single malt whiskey together. We really hope people enjoy the synergy and flavors in this unique spirit.”
About Hopscotch’s Second Edition
Official Release Events
Friday, November 17 from 12 pm to 8 pm. Burlington Tasting Room, 137 St. Paul St., Burlington, Vermont. Free tastings, drink specials and raffle prizes. Follow the tasting room on Instagram @madriverdistillersBTV and Twitter @DrinkMRD for updates.
Saturday, November 18 from 12 pm to 8 pm. Stone Corral Brewery, 83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, Vermont. Free tastings, drink specials, food and live music by Southtown Bluegrass Band from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Friday, November 24 from 12 noon to 6 pm. Mad River Taste Place, 89 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, VT. Start your holiday shopping at our newest tasting room in the Mad River Valley. Free tastings of Hopscotch, Stone Corral beer, as well as cheese, wine and cider.
Beginning September 22
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:
Troquet on South
Alden and Harlow
Giles Wines and Spirits
Boston Wine Exchange
Falmouth Wine and Spirits
Needham Wine and Spirits
Gordon’s Main Street
Cambridge Wine and Spirits
Dover Wine Company
Kappy’s East Boston
Coolidge Corner Wine & Spirits
Bottles Fine Wine and Spirits
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
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.”
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.”
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
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
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?
2018 Hours: Thurs. 12-8 pm, Fri. – Sat. 12-10 pm, Sun-Wed.. 12 – 6 pm
137 St. Paul St. Burlington, VT 05401
Waitsfield Tasting Room
Stop in to the Mad River Taste Place, 89 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, VT 05673 to taste our line of award-winning spirits.
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 9 am – 3 pm
Warren Distillery Tours
We offer 1 distillery tour per day at 1 pm. Book online to reserve your spot. Tours and tastings are $10 per person and last approximately 45 minutes, including samples of our award-winning spirits. We distill on weekends, and our distiller most likely cannot accommodate same day tour requests on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Schedule a Tour >>
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