Wednesday, February 08, 2012

New York Craft Distiller Dutch’s Will Launch New Moonshine

(by Shanken News Daily) New York state craft distiller Dutch’s Spirits is set to introduce a new label, Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine ($23 a 750ml), crafted as a tribute to the company’s namesake—Prohibition-era gangster Dutch Schultz. Sugar Wash Moonshine joins Dutch’s Spirits Peach Brandy ($50 a 750ml) and its Colonial Cocktail Bitters ($18 per 4-oz. bottle) in the portfolio, which is currently available both on- and off-premise in the New York metro market.

Dutch’s, led by co-founder and president Ariel Schlein, is employing upstate contract distillers until its own Pine Plains, New York distillery—to be housed on a historic 400-acre estate that harbored a clandestine bootlegging operation bankrolled by Schultz—is constructed. About 1,000 bottles each of the Peach Brandy and Sugar Wash Moonshine were made for the first batch, by contract producers Still The One and Mazza Winery respectively. A Dutch’s spokesperson told Shanken News Daily today, “Dutch’s is currently building a temporary distillery on their site to pick up production while they build the main distillery, whose completion is targeted for the fall. They anticipate this temporary distillery will be complete around June.”

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