Jack Rudy was many things. He was a pilot who illegally ﬂew his plane under the Ohio River Bridge (on a dare), an inventor who created a mechanical device for pharmacists to count pills, and a craftsman who once built a houseboat out of an old city bus. After serving as an aircraft mechanic in WWII, he spent his working life as an engineer. He read Popular Mechanics and National Geographic cover to cover – a curious type who made his own bullets, and shot them into a dirt wall he constructed in his basement. In addition to being a ‘marvelous’ dancer, he LOVED to entertain and was known to overindulge in drink, smoke, and his wife’s gourmet cooking.
The first bottle of Boomsma 'Oud Friesche' Beerenburger was produced around 125 years ago. This distinctive bitters became widely popular in no time. Today Boomsma offers an extensive range of drinks. Many of these are distilled and bottled in house. At the beginning of the Nineteen Seventies Boomsma started to import a selection of quality wines from around the world. Conversely, many litres of the Boomsma range have been distilled for export. The demand in other countries for whisky, vodka and rum has been increasing for years and typical Dutch genever and bitters are becoming more and more popular abroad.
Hamilton Distillers’ approach to making whiskey is just like Arroyo Design’s approach to making furniture. After years of crafting furniture that was authentic, lasting, and handmade – wood kiln dried in house, furniture assembled with mortise and tenon joints, and finished with hand applied oil and wax – there was never any question or contemplation that Hamilton’s whiskeys would be made otherwise. We do everything right in house. We malt our own barley, and we mash, ferment, distill, barrel and bottle under one roof. After learning that so many “craft” or “artisan” American whiskeys actually come from the same megadistillery in Indiana, we are especially proud to say we do it all ourselves. It’s as real as it could ever be.
Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries is an independently run American distillery founded on the idea of creating exceptional spirits using locally grown ingredients and packaging.
For over 35 years, Leonardo LoCascio Selections has represented Italian wines of impeccable quality, character and value. Each wine in the collection tells a unique story about the family and region that produced it. A taste through the portfolio is a journey across Italy’s rich spectrum of geography, history, and culture. Whether a crisp Pinot Bianco from the Dolomites or a rich Aglianico from Campania, the wines of Leonardo LoCascio Selections will transport you to Italy’s outstanding regions.
Long Island Spirits is the first distillery on the Island since the 1800's. Surrounded by over 5,000 acres of potato farms, the distillery is located on the North Fork of Long Island, in the heart of the acclaimed wine region. The distillery is rich in history and tradition, dating back to the early 1900's. The beautifully restored barn that is today home to Long Island Spirits Craft Distillery was originally constructed by brothers Henry and John Columbus in the early 1900's. Long Island Spirits spent all of 2007 retrofitting and modernizing the interior of the barn to be a state-of-the-art Craft Distillery. The barn retains a lot of its original character including its very impressive post-and-beam construction. Today, the barn serves as the headquarters for Long Island Spirits Craft Distillery. Long Island Spirits is proud of the long history of this unique "twin cupola" barn and strives to help preserve this symbol of the rural character of the North Fork of Long Island.
Bilaro is a dream realized by husband and wife team Patrick Bickford and Susan LaRossa. Patrick and Susan met and fell in love while working in the fast-paced wine business, in restaurants in New York City in the early aughts. While wine was the centerpiece, amaro was always in the background. Numerous work trips to Italy always concluded with bottles of amari in transit; at one count over 40 bottles were on the bar at home. Fast-forward nearly a decade, and Patrick and Susan moved west, settling in Sebastopol, west Sonoma County, CA. While building their wine sales consulting business, blr wine co., they began recipe testing and developing a plan for their own amaro. Living so close to some of the best vineyards in California helped convince them to use premium grape spirit as their base, rather than the usual grain spirit base of most amari. A mutual friend introduced them to Travis Smith of Spiritsmith, who became their distiller.
Kermit Lynch was raised in San Luis Obispo, but his name has become synonymous with French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, this writer/musician opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Attracted by the Old World wine cultures of Europe, Kermit became a retailer, distributor, and national importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. Much like his close friends, the late food writer Richard Olney and Chez Panisse’s founder Alice Waters, Kermit’s influence has been enduring. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.”
Jeppson’s Malört is Chicago’s local beskbrännvin — a style of bitter, wormwood-based, Swedish schnapps. First developed during medieval times for its supposed medicinal benefits, it’s traditionally associated with the farms of Skåne, in Sweden, where wormwood grows wild. In the early 1900s, it was the most ubiquitous drink in Sweden and accompanied the nearly 1 million Swedes who immigrated to the U.S. during that period. One of those immigrants was a man from Ystad, Skåne named Carl Jeppson. During Prohibition, Mr. Jeppson was into the business of producing legal “medicinal alcohol,” and sold his brand of besk bar-to-bar. After repeal, Malört was a staple of every Swedish bar on Clark St and by that time he had sold his recipe to Bielzoff Products Co., a Chicago distillery. George Brode, Bielzoff owner, helped push Jeppson’s Malört beyond its Swedish origins by introducing it to Chicago’s Polish population, who in turn introduced it to the rest of Chicago. Through the decades, Jeppson’s Malört has been thought of as a rite of passage and even a purported hangover cure. But we think it is more than that — Jeppson’s Malört is a drink that has helped define the Chicago bar experience. So, join us for a shot, or a cocktail! As George Brode used to say- “You may not like the first, but after the second shot, you’ll be ours forever!” Skål!
We build our handcrafted spirits from the ground up right here in central Texas because we know you cannot fake genuine quality. It takes better ingredients and small batches. It requires commitment to doing things the right way rather than the popular way. It means having not only the passion but the patience to personally own every single step of the spirit-making process. Fire Oak Distillery is a family effort and a true labor of love. Our family embodies a deep love and respect for not only Texas and our community, but that of fine beverages and our customers. We started with the intention to start a business in our own community that presented an agriculturally based, non-perishable consumer product. Our business would support our local community, and be sold across the state as well as enjoyed by our extensive and ever-flowing tourism base. Why a high-end spirits? Simply, we like to indulge in the finer things in life, and the ingredients were at our fingertips. We start with natural whole grains to produce a smooth, crisp, and clean product.
Importers of Premium Mezcal - Rey Campero, Mezcal Real Minero and Mezcalosfera by Mezcaloteca.
Olé Imports began in 1999 with just 3 wines. Our unique portfolio of Spanish wines has now grown to over 100 wines today. My dear friend and partner Alberto Orte and I have searched the Spanish peninsula for wines that share four fundamental elements: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional winemaking and last but not least, wines that present an exceptional value.
Leopold Bros. is a family owned and operated distillery in Denver, Colorado. We create award-winning whiskies, gins, vodka, liqueurs, fernet, absinthe and aperitivo. We malt our barley. We mill our grains. We ferment our mash. We distill everything onsite. We never add artificial ingredients. We barrel and bottle everything by hand. And we invite you to enjoy our spirits responsibly.
Distiller Carlos Camarena has developed cult like status with Tequila lovers with the quality and integrity of his hard to obtain Tapatio brand. It stands alone with its pure classic flavor profile of 100% Blue Agave Tequila from the highlands.
The producers of Armagnac, Cognac and Calvados that you'll read about here create some of the most natural brandies available, made without the usage of boisé, sugar, or caramel. They are hand-bottled directly from cask in extremely limited quantities.
Raising the Bar for Aperitif Imports FASEL SHENSTONE is an importer dedicated to sourcing quality and authentic aperitif wines and spirits to improve the American drinking experience. We work exclusively with producers committed to using only the highest-quality ingredients and traditional production methods.
Paolo Marolo is the inspired orchestrator of grappa distillation, arranging harmonies of aroma and flavor through a sensitive balancing of technique and passion. Using his nose, his hands and his palate, he creates elegant variations on the theme of grappa, ensuring that each bottling-- from each year's harvests of grapes from various renowned wine regions of italy--is original and unique. The grappas of Paolo Marolo are essentially the fruit of his great love for his work as a "Mestro Grappaiolo".
Emily and Forrest have been making Royal Rose syrups since 2010. The company grew out of a love for cooking and a passion for delicious food and drinks. We believe that using the best-quality, whole ingredients in our syrups makes the difference between an ordinary drink and a superior cocktail or soda.
Great drinks start with great ingredients. Along with many bartenders and chefs, we’re passionate about bringing shrubs back to your glass. It is simply an amazing way to deliver flavor to cocktails or sodas. We craft our shrubs from their most basic elements – organic fruit, sugar, vinegar and aromatics. Achieving balance and bright flavor with minimal ingredients is a challenge we embrace, so we don’t use concentrates or artificial ingredients. With the exception of our locally sourced wildflower honey, all of our ingredients are certified organic.