2013-05-20-vodkaIn the wild lands of the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont, one beekeeper has created a honey-scented place in the spirits world. In 2008, Todd Hardie established Caledonia Spirits & Winery, producers of hand-crafted spirits including a vodka distilled from honey wine (that’s right, vodka made 100 percent from fermented honey) and gin made from local grains and flavored with regionally sourced honey. Located nearby the 10,000 square foot distillery on the banks of the Lamoille River, visitors may notice several beehives. Unsurprisingly, Hardie, who has been keeping bees for nearly five decades, enjoys being around bees.

Barr Hill Gin and Barr Hill Vodka bottles are sealed in raw bee’s wax, a unique nod to Hardie’s favorite pollinator. Caledonia Spirits labels feature a honeybee and a vista as seen from Barr Hill, a 256-acre natural area in neighboring Greensboro, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and maintained by dedicated volunteers such as Hardie.

Read the article at Huff Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-kitchens/the-buzz-about-caledonia_b_3309314.html

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