Caledonia Spirits to open expanded facility in Montpelier

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MONTPELIER, Vt.- The Hardwick-based Caledonia Spirits is now calling Montpelier home. The distillery will open its doors to the public Saturday.

The popularity of their spirits has caused the company’s growth and need for expansion.

“Just a growing thirst for the spirits, so we decided we need to expand,” said Ryan Christiansen, President of Caledonia Spirits.

Under the new roof, Christiansen’s team will be able to produce 10x the product than before. Staff officially marked the territory Wednesday by raising the city’s ‘Gin Lane’ sign at the edge of the property alongside Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson.

“For us, this is a symbol of economic resiliency and community vibrancy,” said Mayor Watson. “It’s going to make Montpelier a destination for a lot of folks.”

People who stop by the distillery will be able to see the stills, learn the process behind making Barr Hill Gin and Vodka as well as Tom Cat Gin. Then, of course, enjoy a craft cocktail.  

“So you can actually see all the way from the grain to the glass to the art of making cocktails right on site,” Christiansen said.

Caledonia’s special ingredient? A touch of honey from local beekeepers. In production, each bottle is sealed with that honey before hitting the shelves.

“We needed to give that cue to consumers that this is real raw honey,” Christiansen said.

He said the company’s philosophy is “land-crafted” meaning not only are the spirits made on site, but berries and other ingredients used in their cocktails come from local farms.  

“To connect the dots between the agriculture that goes into making the spirits and fresh agricultural products we use in the cocktails,” said Sam Nelis, Beverage Director at Caledonia Spirits. “From start to finish, agriculture and farmers are tied through the whole way.”

Doors to the distillery open this Saturday at 11am. Caledonia Spirits distributes to 32 states around the country.

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