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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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.
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
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$20 tickets, includes PX Rum tasting, tapas and a cocktail. PX Rum available for sale. Get this limited edition while you can!
- 5 oz Mad River Rum
- 2 Tsp. Roasted Pineapple Syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice until just chilled then strain into a double rocks glass over a large cube of ice.
Roasted Pineapple Syrup:
Slice 1 Pineapple into 1” chunks. Spread on a baking pan and roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until deep yellow and brown spots are starting to appear. Transfer pineapple to a pot and add 2.5 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain syrup and keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- 1.5 oz First Run Rum
- .75 oz Simple Syrup
- .75 oz Lime Juice
- Fernet Branca
Put rum, simple syrup and lime in a shaker with 4 mint leaves and ice and shake hard. Strain into an ice filled glass and float .25 oz of Fernet Branca on top. Garnish with a mint leaf.
- 2 oz First Run Rum
- .5 oz Hennessey Cognac
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- 1 oz Vermont Apple Cider
- Splash Laphroaig Scotch
- Splash Simple Syrup
Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass over cinnamon dusted ice cubes. Garnish with lemon zest and cinnamon stick.
Courtesy of Juniper, Burlington, VT
- 1.5 oz. Mad River Bourbon
- .25 oz Strawberry Simple or 1 sliced strawberry muddled with simple syrup
- .75 oz Lemon Juice
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Ginger Beer
Shake all ingredients and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a sliced strawberry.
- 2 oz. Mad River Bourbon
- 1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
- Dash Angostura Bitters
- Orange Twist
Combine all ingredients except orange twist in a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with the twist.
- 2 oz Vanilla Rum
- 1 oz Espresso
- 1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- 1 oz Skim Milk
- 2 dashes Cocoa Bitters
Shake vigorously over ice and strain into a snifter. Garnish with cocoa powder and Alice & The Magician Birthday Cake.
Courtesy of Juniper, Burlington, VT.