The celebration will feature a tour of Westford Hill Distillers fermentation and distillation operation, and a one-mile guided woods walk on the historic property to the site of the Smuggler’s Tree where spirits were produced in the 1700s. The event will conclude with a cocktail tasting with hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $20 per person, proceeds to benefit Slow Food. Tickets can be purchased here
Apple brandy was the first distilled spirit produced in America and has been produced since 1630. Westford Hill Distiller’s New World Aged Apple Brandy is pure New England made with a blend of Connecticut-grown apples. Earlier this year, Westford Hill Distillers worked with Slow Food International to define the process for producing true American Aged Apple Brandy for its International Ark of Taste in an effort to protect the heritage of the spirit. Westford Hill Distillers’ New World Aged Apple Brandy is being featured this month at Slow Food’s Terra Madre in Turin, Italy as an example of the craft.
Westford Hill Distillers New World Aged Apple Brand earned Best of Category and a Gold medal at the American Distilling Institute’s 2012 judging. Westford Hill Distillers has purchased more than one million pounds of local fruit since it was founded. Its Kirsch Eau-de-vie, distilled from pure New York State cherries, was selected to represent East Coast spirits distillation at Slow Food’s Terra de Madre when the distillery first launched. Recently Westford Hill Distillers was invited by the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History to present on the behalf of craft distillation in a series marking the history of food during the War of 1812