As more restaurants, bars and liquor stores pick up Painted Stave Distilling liquors, fans of the Smyrna-based products have an opportunity to sign, date and cork up batches at bottling parties.
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The gin, vodka and whiskey made at Painted Stave Distilling are not going to bottle themselves. So, co-owners Mike Rasmussen and Ron Gomes came up with a method that’s inclusive of its fan base: bottling parties.
As of right now, there’s no set schedule but when the batches are ready, a notice goes out via Facebook. Participants are treated to pizza, several rounds of cocktails and their own signed and dated souvenir bottle of locally made liquor bottled that night.
Yesterday, an eclectic group gathered to bottle PSD’s latest limited edition experiment South River (White) Gin.
Dover residents Cheryl Dillon and her husband Jeff signed up to participate in the bottling party after they participated in the last one, a collective effort that bottled up South River White's sister gin, South River (Red) Gin.
“Where else can you drink on the job,” said Jeff. “Plus, it’s fun and something different to do. These guys are good people.”
Dillon's wife Cheryl agreed, adding that she wasn't even a gin drinker until she tried Painted Stave Distilling's Candy Manor Gin.
Several locals also signed up to participate, including Debbie and Jerry Clark, who also visited Heritage Winery earlier in the day. They bottled up the gin alongside several people who made the trek from downstate.
"I love it when I have the opportunity to support a local industry," said Laurel resident Kitty Bronson. "Wineries, breweries and distillaries are going to be big business in Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula. I like that we have the opportunity to get to know businesses like this now, before they get bigger."
People interested in participating in future bottling parties should "like" the Painted Stave Distilling Facebook page and watch for posts advertising party opportunities. An email address will be included to register.