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Behind the Scenes at the Jim Beam Distillery

Drinks Carey Jones Post a comment

95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky—and more than half of that is made by Jim Beam. Come take a look inside the distillery. More

Behind the Scenes at 2Bar Spirits, a Small Batch Distillery in Seattle

Drinks Naomi Bishop Post a comment

2Bar Spirits is one of the few grain-to-bottle operations that have opened in the three years since the easing of laws gave birth to Washington State's fledgling craft distilling industry. More

Behind the Scenes at Letherbee Distillers in Chicago

Drinks Roger Kamholz 2 comments

Since the debut of its Original Label Gin, Letherbee has unveiled a limited-release gin for autumn; a unique "absinthe brun," which aged in a charred oak barrel; and R. Franklin's Original Recipe Malört, an ode to the (in)famous Chicago-centric and wormwood-driven bitter liqueur developed in collaboration with Robby F. Haynes, bar manager at Chicago's first modern craft-cocktail destination, The Violet Hour. More

Behind The Scenes at the Absolut Vodka Distillery in Sweden

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 10 comments

Rather than purchase raw neutral spirits, which is common practice for many manufacturers, Absolut takes control of the process from beginning to end—from seed to glass—and it's all done locally in Sweden. I traveled there to tour the distillery and learn about how vodka is made—I also got a sneak peek at some new Absolut products that are coming down the pipeline. More

Behind the Scenes at Industry City Distillery, Brooklyn, NY

Drinks Roger Kamholz 1 comment

Behind a thick, unmarked, fireproof door in a dim industrial building in Brooklyn hides one of the most unusual and refreshingly ambitious distilling operations I've ever seen. More

New Distillery: Hillrock Estate in Ancram, NY

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 3 comments

Founder Jeff Baker dreamed of establishing a distillery that was a bit more like a small-production winery—a place where the spirit begins in the field and ends in the glass, all without leaving the complex. With the help of Master Distiller Dave Pickerell (formerly of WhistlePig Whiskey, and before that, Maker's Mark) and distiller Tim Welly, Baker has indeed created such a place. More

Behind the Scenes at the Aberlour Distillery in Scotland

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz Post a comment

Today we'll tour Aberlour, a smaller-scale distillery that produces about 3.5 million liters of whisky every year. It's just down the road from Glenlivet. More

Sugarcane to Bottle: How Brugal Rum is Made

Drinks Alice Gao 1 comment

To get a sense of each step of the production process, we whacked down some sugarcanes ourselves, visited the distillery in Santo Domingo where the air was heavy with molasses, and moseyed our way up to the aging facilities in Puerto Plata, where the air was heavy with alcohol. Want to see how rum is made? Come right this way... More

Behind the Scenes at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 3 comments

Welcome to Speyside, a beautiful region of Scottish countryside surrounding the River Spey, where the sheep and the shortbread outnumber the people. Beside those notable draws, what really attracts visitors is the high concentration of single malt whisky distilleries, such as The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Aberlour, The Macallan, and Balvenie. It's a good place for Scotch lovers. During the recent Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, I had the chance to see a few different distilleries in action. First up for whisky cross-examination: The Glenlivet. More

Behind the Scenes at the F.E.W. Spirits Distillery in Evanston, IL

Drinks Roger Kamholz 1 comment

Nearly 80 years after Prohibition's end, American-made spirits are in the midst of a comeback. And among this new crop of upstart, independent distilleries, F.E.W. Spirits, located down an alleyway in Evanston, Illinois, surely takes the prize as the storybook example of the movement. The irony of its existence, much like F.E.W.'s lovingly handmade hooch, is quite delicious. More

What Makes Maker's Mark Taste Like Maker's?

Drinks Carey Jones 10 comments

As a bourbon fan, not a bourbon expert, there aren't too many brands I could pick out of a lineup with confidence. But I'm pretty sure I could sniff out a Maker's Mark, no question. It's a sweet whiskey smelling of caramel and vanilla that lands on the front of your palate, soft and smooth, with a long, warm finish. How does it get that flavor? We tasted our way through every stage of the process to learn how. More

Behind the Scenes at New York Distilling Company and The Shanty Bar

Drinks Andrew Strenio Post a comment

In a little warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the New York Distilling Company is beginning to take shape. They're currently producing two gins, and have plans to expand into rye whiskey and beyond in the near future. And unlike most craft distilleries, where you need to scour the shelves of boutique liquor stores and hope to find a bottle, NY Distilling Co. opened a bar next door to the distillery where you can try the spirits and the cocktails they inspire. More

Behind the Scenes at Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks, Michigan

Drinks Roger Kamholz 2 comments

The story of Journeyman Distillery, which opened its doors to guests for the first time in early October, rambles across continents and centuries. It's about a building in need of a purpose meeting a man in pursuit of his newfound passion. We met up with Journeyman's owner and chief distiller, Bill Welter, to get a behind-the-scenes look. More

Behind the Scenes at Bully Boy Distillery

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 4 comments

Although Bully Boy Distillery's official unveiling to the Boston public was just a month ago, the brand of spirits sure is burgeoning. Will and Dave Willis (yep, they're brothers) work in a small, shiny warehouse in the Newmarket district of Roxbury, Massachusetts, doing everything from selecting the organic wheat to hand-labeling each and every bottle. More

Behind the Scenes at the Beefeater Gin Distillery

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 2 comments

On a recent press trip to London, I had the chance to tour the Beefeater Distillery with master distiller Desmond Payne. He taught us a bit of gin history, showed us the difference between Beefeater and the newer brand, Beefeater 24, and let us peek our heads into the copper stills. Come along and check it out! More

Behind the Scenes at Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn NY

Drinks Andrew Strenio 14 comments

Moonshine is running off the stills and bourbon is quietly aging in the corners of Kings County Distillery in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This young distillery really puts the 'small' in small batch—their distilling room is only 325 square feet! More

Behind the Scenes at the Plymouth Gin Distillery

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 6 comments

Where does Plymouth Gin come from, and how is it made? I hopped a train to Plymouth, England to attend a distillery tour and find out. Gins vary based on the ingredients they start with and the distillation process they go through. We started out our tour at the ancient copper still, then dipped our hands into Plymouth's seven botanicals. More

Behind the Scenes at House Spirits Distillery

Drinks Heather Arndt Anderson 3 comments

I am standing in House Spirits Distillery, and Executive Distiller Matt Mounts is waxing poetic and dropping science about the nuances between Turkish raki, Middle Eastern arak and Greek ouzo. More

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