State College’s Barrel 21 Distillery is bringing out its own version of the O.G. bottled cocktail, Rock & Rye. Based on an old family recipe, this version of Rock & Rye is made with Rye, rock candy, navel orange, pineapple, lemon, clove, cinnamon, horehound (an aromatic herb in the mint family) and honey. Snag a bottle of this sweet concoction for $36 a bottle.
Rock-and-Rye goes back to the late 1800s, where it was often promoted for its medicinal value. And who are we to say it wouldn’t help your cough, cold or sore throat. It’s still particularly popular in Pennsylvania, according to Whisky Advocate, Jacquin’s Rock & Rye was the third most popular spirit sold in the state during 2017.
In these crazy times Pennsylvania distilleries are often reinventing their business models. One of the consumer friendly enhancements some distilleries have made is the addition of local delivery. Typically it means small or no minimums, cheaper delivery fees than shipping and sometimes arrival of the spirits to your front door on the same day. In accordance to Pennsylvania law, all deliveries must be received by someone 21 or older with valid ID. We’ve come a long way from the days of bootleggers and rum runners.
Just remember to tip well.
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This Labor Day weekend, Barrel 21 Distillery in State College is releasing its most aged product to date, an Apple Brandy. The brandy has been aged for four years in used bourbon barrels.
This isn’t Barrel 21’s first apple product though. In fact the first product released to the public was an Apple Eu de Vie. Like the Eu de Vie, the Apple Brandy is made with locally sourced Keewaydin apples.
Pick up a bottle or two of the Apple Brandy this weekend and maybe a 32-ounce drink to go from Barrel 21 or Otto’s next door.
- Lemon Thyme Martini
- Tim’s Apple Wine Slushy
- Jalapeno-Infused Bloody Mary