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Pennsylvania Distilling Company… WOW!!!

Good things come to those who wait.
Making new friends.

It’s hard to believe that this distillery is less than 6 months old. In the tradition of our forefathers they are craft distilling the old fashioned way. Using all natural ingredients and starting from scratch. As they promise, they are “grain-to-glass” and are doing it right every step of the process.

“Anything that saved the human race from extinction is fine by me.” said Benjamin, as he shares his love for spirits. He greets us with a warm and friendly hello. He has a passion for taking what is distilled behind the glass wall and showcases the complex flavors in the cocktails that he has created.

We found that all of their spirits can be enjoyed neat. But, don’t hesitate to experience the well thought out cocktail menu which compliments their creations. First we sampled the First City Vodka which has a mellow corn sweet beginning and a spicy rye finish. Next we moved on to the Founders Artisan Dry Gin that had flavor notes of lemon, lavender and black pepper. The Old City White Whiskey pays homage to folks living on Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia. Sweet corn enters the palate and pepper and spice finishes the journey. Our last stop on our Fermented Adventure was the Frontier Explorer’s White Rum. Benjamin lifted the presentation by adding a garnish to each of the samples. This provided a fabulous new dimension. They are hard at work crafting new spirits to add to their already amazing line up.

First Rate Presentation

You most certainly need to put Pennsylvania Distilling Co. on your must list to visit soon. We look forward to getting back really soon. Cheers!

Podcast #1 – Liquid Alchemy

Fermented Adventure The Podcast

Welcome to the first episode of Fermented Adventure The Podcast.  This was recorded on location and Liquid Alchemy 28 Brookside Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.   Meet Jeffrey Cheskin and Terri Sorantino and learn their story of how they started LAB.  You will hear about how it all started in Maine.  From experimentation and humble beginnings to some of the finest Mead and Cider being produced in the United States.  Their awards and recognitions are a tribute to their hard work and efforts.  Listen and you will hear why the moment that you visit you will realize why so many people enter as strangers but leave as friends.   

Listen to the Podcast.

Getting Closer

The Podcast in Full Effect

It’s that moment when you realize, “This is real”. This is really going to be happening. Butterflies… Nausea… Dry Mouth. The car keeps moving forward and the moment is getting closer. I have taken this ride a dozen times to the LAB. I know the landmarks, the traffic lights and where to expect congestion on the road. January 2nd was a different experience. The first episode of the podcast was scheduled to be recorded. Would the computer work? Would the Microphone work? Did I forget anything?

I’m relieved to say that all worked. The 50+ minutes of recording was such an incredible experience. Now on to editing. That has been a whole different leaning process. Setting up the intro, fading in and out of music, and much time spent on YouTube. By next week the Podcast should be loaded onto Anchor, I Tunes and et al. Thanks to everyone that has been patient answering my questions. Let the Fermented Adventure continue. Cheers!

It’s Almost Ready

Fermented Adventure The Podcast

It’s been almost 3 years in the making. We have visited over 100+ Distilleries in 12 states. There were long drives, planes and rental cars. There were times that we got to the distillery to find they were closed for the day for a private party (Note: Yes, we have to call first). Rain, snow, thunderstorms and even skipping meals didn’t keep us from the opportunity to check out some amazing craft distilled spirits. We have met some of the nicest and most genuine down to earth people. Dedicated and inspired. Scientist and geniuses with a still.

It started with the idea for a Facebook site to document our “adventures”. Then came the Instagram page. A few months ago we decided that we wanted to share the stories of the people that we get to meet along the way. The first interview is tomorrow at Liquid Alchemy Beverages or the LAB. You will find the podcast up and running with a week on Anchor and I Tunes and wherever else we can put it. We hope that you enjoy the podcast and it becomes one of your favorites in 2019. Cheers!

Visit #2 To Dad’s Hat

All they do is continue making exceptional Rye Whiskey. Herman (co-owner and distiller) gave the tour which was informative and educational. We sampled a number of their offerings and the 95 Proof Straight Rye continues to be one of our favorites along with the Classic. None of their offerings disappoint. We couldn’t pass up on a bottle of their Rock n Rye. It’s Christmas in a bottle. Complex flavors that linger on the palate. This is a limited release and it’s our guess that they will be increasing production for next year. Aways looking forward to see what comes off of the still in Bristol, PA. This needs to be a must visit on your own Fermented Adventure. www.dadshatrye.com

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