Boozy & Newsy: Broken Shed Vodka

When you think vodka, you don’t typically think “New Zealand,” but Broken Shed Distilleries‘ flagship spirit has been gaining international attention, thanks largely to its unconventional base: whey (yes, the liquid by-product of the cheese-making process). Distilled in the South Island town of Wanaka, Broken Shed is very clean-drinking, missing that sometimes-overpowering ethanol hit you…

Boozy & Newsy: Gray Whale Gin

Boozy & Newsy showcases new spirits, beer, sake, wine, cider, mead and anything else with an ABV.  Aside from its stunning, Tiffany-box-blue bottle, one of Gray Whale Gin’s big claims to fame is its use of hand-foraged botanicals from the California coast—up and down the namesake sea mammals’ migratory path. Among those is kombu sea…

George Washington Rye Whiskey named Virginia’s official spirit

Who says the government can’t get anything meaningful accomplished? Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law this week SB1261, which designates George Washington Rye Whiskey—produced at the restored late-eighteenth-century-style George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon—as the Commonwealth’s official “state spirit.” Virginia State Senator Adam P Ebbin of Alexandria (my current stomping ground!) sponsored the bill.