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Friday, February 12, 2021 10 mins read
Friday, February 12, 2021 10 mins read
Can you believe it’s been a year already?
Because we certainly can’t.
It was a year of peaks and valleys. Without tooting our own horn too much, we’re proud of where we ended up, and we’re proud of where we’re headed. Spirit Hub accomplished a lot in its first revolution around the sun.
Of all the accomplishments, none are more important than making craft spirits more accessible by bringing you the very best small batch spirits from independent distilleries around the world directly to your doorstep. So, toot toot.
But absolutely none of what we’ve done in the past year would have been possible without you. So, please, come and join our anniversary celebration!
Here’s what we’re drinking. How about you?
“Winter in Virginia is a mystical time. Having lived there before Chicago, let me attest that winter there is a bit more magical than the frigid temps here! Falls Church Distillers captures the enchanting Virginia winters with Frozen Falls Vodka. Pour a finger or two over a large ice cube for a most-wonderful-time-of-the-year feeling.”
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“Just one taste of this bourbon, and I knew we were onto something here. It was the first bottle I bought, and it still has a permanent spot on my bar cart. Definitely drink it neat or on the rocks, don’t mask it in a cocktail. You’re going to want to savor the fruity, pepper notes and the super smooth finish.”
“It’s right there in the name, Unwind. It’s a delicious twist on vodka featuring hints of lemon and chamomile without ever being overpoweringly herbal or sweet. After a long day juggling work, kids, and life in general, this is definitely my go-to. I like it on the rocks or with a splash of fresh lemonade.”
“I first picked up this bottle because of its beautifully etched bottle and unique shape. But the spirit inside proved just as stunning as the bottle. Bold and full-bodied, this bourbon is everything you didn’t know you needed as a bourbon drinker.”
“I used to be a one-bourbon kind of guy. Huling Station changed that. The bourbon from this family-run distillery is subtly spicy, mellowed by notes of vanilla, oak, and caramel. Poured over an ice cube, this is the perfect introduction to America’s Native Spirit.”
“Whenever there’s cause for celebration, I’m grabbing this rum because its notes barrel-finished flavors of vanilla, caramel, and spice are worth celebrating. The fact that it comes from a wonderful woman-owned distillery and B Corp is just the cherry on top of this incredible bottle.”
“I can’t get enough of Corgi Spirits’ Cardigan Whiskey. Not only because it has the same name as my favorite Taylor Swift song. But also warms you up like… well, a cardigan. Tones of unripe apples, oak, and baking spice make this perfect in my new favorite winter cocktail: The old cardigan. Best served with a side of Taylor Swift.”
“For a sweet tooth like me, there’s nothing quite like the big berry flavor in Ogden’s whiskey-based liqueur. Pair it with Whisper Creek Peanut Butter Chocolate Liqueur by Pennington Distilling Co. and you’ve got a liquid PB&J. Nothing better than that.”
FLEURETTE VERMILLION GIN BY NEW ALCHEMY DISTILLING
“What’s not to love about Fleurette Vermilion Gin? It’s a sweet floral punch that adds a vibrant, rosy splash to every glass you pour it in. I can tell you how memorable the hibiscus notes are, but forget about how good it tastes! Look how pretty it is!”
“As a homebrewer and beer aficionado, I recommend Dark Door's Spirit of IPA. At first, I was skeptical that the character of the beer would come through in the finished product. But it captures the herbal bitterness of the hops in a way that will excite India Pale Ales fans. I drink it straight, as an after-dinner digestif.”
“Over the summer, I could not stop tinkering with my Blueberry Mojito recipe. The White Rum from Iron Fish put the finishing touch on the recipe. It’s not overly sweet, and it shares the spotlight with the other ingredients. The recipe quickly became a household favorite.”
“I’m a huge fan of anything and everything coffee flavored. Made with demerara sugar and madagascar vanilla, this bottle brings a pleasantly sweet coffee taste to my cocktails, like the Planet Cafecito. Or put it in hot cocoa to combat the brutal Chicago winters!”
“Straightforward, clean, and smooth, Boulder Vodka is simply great vodka. Colorado’s fresh mountain water shines through in this vodka. And knowing it’s proofed with glacial melt water only makes it cooler! I happily sip it straight, but it’s great in a cocktail, too.”
365 days of Spirit Hub. And counting.
Year one wasn’t without its hiccups and challenges, but it was ultimately a year of growth. We expanded into three new states, bringing uncommon craft to Nebraska, North Dakota, and New Hampshire.
We broadened our selection to include so much more than small batch spirits. From the bar tools and drinkware down to the cocktail syrups and mixers, everything you need to build a better bar cart is it.
And as always, we continued to add more independent distilleries to our collection. Raising the voices of independent businesses has never been more important, and we’re proud of the small role we play in amplifying their stories.
Join us with one of our staff favorites, or with an uncommon drink of your choosing. Raise a glass to the year that was, and cheers to the years that will be.
Here’s to Year Two!
We can’t wait until you see what we have in store.