Greetings from the Gulch! It’s the season to produce, and as the saying goes we like to make hay while the sun shines. For our customers that means an upcoming variety of events and distilled Montana sunshine both in and out of the tasting room. Read on for information on our Apple Brandy, Tiki Tuesdays, currant vodka, and cocktail classes. Here’s to a productive and enjoyable summer for all of us!
Steffen & Tyrrell
Early last year we scooped up some surplus MacIntosh apples from a grower in the Bitterroot Valley. We made a lovely hard cider that we then distilled twice through our copper pot still. We laid that spirit to rest in American White Oak casks and the result is a beautiful, clean and balanced spirit with light cinnamon and honey notes, and we cannot wait to share it!
Join us in the tasting room for our release party on Monday, June 11th. Our neighbors at Bad Betty’s are also getting into the spirit for the release: they are going to feature applewood smoked BBQ and Drunken Apples, so grab your BBQ and pair with a craft brandy cocktail.
Even if you missed out on our Smoothbore Rum release, you can still enjoy some of this quality 2-year aged rum. While supplies last we are celebrating all things tiki every Tuesday in our tasting room. This smooth, rich spirit boasts notes of orange peel, vanilla, and hazelnut and is a one-off, limited bottling. Join us each Tuesday for Tiki Tuesday to indulge in tiki specials like the Mai Tai, Smooth Sailing, Piña Colada, Rum the Jewels, German in Paradise, Mojito, well you get the idea. Wear a flowered shirt and receive a dollar off of any tiki cocktail!
Or pick up your own bottle any other day of the week to enjoy at your own backyard barbecue. 750 mL bottles of our Smoothbore retail at a cool $31; 375 mL bottles sell for $17. And once they’re gone, they’re gone.
In case you haven’t heard, Big Sky Pride is coming to Helena this month. We thought we would get in on the fun and make something colorful, flavorful, and distinctly Montanan. So in conjunction with Big Sky Pride, we will release a limited bottling of Currant Vodka.
We distill our vodka from Montana-grown grains–when we infuse that with currants grown outside of Choteau, the result begs enjoyment. This special spirit will be available in the tasting room and at select bars in Helena.
Sign up for one of our free monthly cocktail classes. Held at high noon on the third Saturday of the month (with the exception of this month’s class) we invite customers to join us for an hour-long discussion and demonstration on a specific mixology topic.
Next Saturday we revisit an old favorite: Amaro Like There’s No Tomorrow. Sample a variety of bitter liqueurs and pick up tips on making your own. In July we will look at another important cocktail ingredient: Shrubs. Learn what they are, how to use them, and how to make them. Finally, in August we will look at basic mixology techniques: Shaken vs. Stirred.
Classes are free but registration is required to save your space. Register on our website to claim your seat at the bar.