In January 2016, Painted Stave Distilling partnered with Fordham Brewing Company in Dover, DE on what would be become the third release in Painted Stave’s “Beers To Whiskey!” series. Painted Stave picked up over 3,000 bottles of Fordham’s Sunseeker Wheat Beer from the brewery and with the help of a dozen volunteers managed to pour all the beer into a holding tank in about 45 minutes. The unfiltered wheat ale was then distilled into 10 gallons of 124 proof whiskey in Painted Stave’s copper pot-still. The whiskey aged for 18 months in a Bourbon barrel before being harvested and bottled at 84 proof / 42%ABV.
This very limited whiskey (only 130 bottles made) will be released to coincide with the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday,
August 21st. Painted Stave and Fordham Brewing will be launching the whiskey at the Delaware AeroSpace Education
Foundation’s (DASEF) Environmental Outpost in Smyrna during their eclipse watching party starting at 1pm. The party
is open to the public and family friendly. DASEF will have their observatory open as well as telescopes and eclipse
watching glasses available to enjoy the celestial event. There will be food trucks and activities for sky watchers of all
ages. Whiskey, Painted Stave cocktails and Fordham and Dominion beer will be available for eclipse watchers over 21.
DASEF Eclipse Party, Monday August 21st, 1pm- 4pm, @ 585 Big Oak Road, Smyrna, DE 19977
Look for additional releases in the “Beers To Whiskey!” series to appear occasionally in the years to come.
SunSeeker Wheat Whiskey (84 proof)
Visual: Deep sunny yellow-gold.
Nose: An almost effervescent nose. Hints of hop bud, and a light and tantalizing wheat bread body.
Taste: Sweet and almost cake-like with a nice spicy aftertaste. Peach fruit, vanilla and a faint touch of raspberry make for an interesting flavor profile.
Finish: Medium long with a definite fruitiness leading the exit.
Overall: Unusual to say the least and a very well crafted experiment. I really enjoyed this and it is a testimony to the ongoing creativity of Painted Stave.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: Painted Stave
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