The new bottling, made from Vermont corn and rye, is aged 5 years in American White Oak barrels and said to be inspired by the lands their families have farmed for over eight generations. It is made at a fellow Vermont distillery to Village Garage’s specifications, with the same mash bill and locally sourced corn and rye, and has a fresh and warm finish with noticeable toasted oak and butterscotch sweetness, according to official tasting notes.
The Village Garage team is also barreling the first batches of in-house bourbon (due Summer 2023), crafted from local grains and water sourced from Bolles Brook, a natural stream on Woodford Mountain overlooking Bennington. The next two releases will be Village Rye and Village Smoked Maple American Whiskey.
“We want to make Vermont whiskey a category unto itself,” Co-founder Matt Cushman said in a prepared statement. “These will be whiskies that reflect the character of Vermont: the rugged beauty of the mountains and the bucolic friendliness of its citizens. Born and raised here in Bennington, it’s also great to be giving something back to the community.”
The stars on the bottle’s label come from the flag of the Green Mountain Boys, who were instrumental in fighting for America’s independence, and also represent the sky over the lands farmed in Bennington for generations.
“Whether visiting us in person for a tour and tasting or opening a bottle of our whiskey in the comfort of your own home, we want to transport our customers back to a time when you could feel the pride people took in their craft,” Co-founder Glen Saur said. “Our goal is to grow Village Garage into a premier Vermont spirits producer and destination.”
Village Garage will open a restaurant specializing in local fare later this year. It is currently open for distillery tours and tastings.
Village Bourbon is available to purchase for a suggested retail price of $50 at the distillery and throughout Vermont, with direct-to-consumer availability on the Village Garage website in late November.
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