Where to Find the Most Interesting Distillery Exclusives in the U.S.
Traditional vacationers can have their sun-drenched beaches, hikes to iconic landmarks and waterfalls, and pilgrimages to ancient structures. For many spirits enthusiasts, their idea of R and R is touring a beloved distillery, contemplatively gazing at the bubbles rising to the top of a fermenter, admiring a shiny custom-built pot still, hearing about things like yeast strains and batch process, maybe petting the dog or cat, all the while taking in that exhilarating aroma of cooked mash. It’s also a chance to snag a distillery exclusive that can’t be found in the local liquor store or by clicking online.
Visiting the source of a favorite whiskey, gin, brandy, vodka, amaro, liqueur or other fermented product and meeting the creators is always a treat. Besides, some of the most coveted bottles (or at least ways to taste what’s in them) can only be experienced at the source. Here are a few of the choicest bottles from across the United States that can only be purchased on location.