Hewn Spirits Wins “Best Local Distillery”

Earlier this month Hewn Spirits took home the title of “Best Local Distillery” at Distilladelphia, a showcase of 20+ local small batch, craft distilleries in Pennsylvania.  Dad’s Hat hosted the event at World Cafe Live and some other well known names were in attendance as well – Bluebird Distilling, Philadelphia Distilling, Federal Distilling, Wiggle Whiskey, Social Still, Thistle Finch and many more. WCL will feature Hewn Spirits on their cocktail menu in Spring 2017.

New Reality Show Featuring Hewn Spirits To Air On Great American Country

Pennsylvania’s jack-of-all-trades, Sean Tracy (owner of Hewn Spirits), is crisscrossing America, finding the oldest, broken-down barns in the country and transforming them into dream homes. He rescues the dilapidated barns just before they’re set to be demolished and either refurbishes them on the spot, or dismantles them piece by piece, carefully transporting them to his shop in Bucks County and turning the old structures into ultimate, one-of-a-kind barn homes.

Barn hunters

Zagat: Hewn Spirits Red Barn Rye Is A Must-Try

The reviews just keep coming in. Days after being featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s article on the craft distilling revival, Zagat is calling Red Barn Rye Whiskey “one of the most complex brown spirits we’ve had the opportunity to taste” and New Moon Moonshine “the only ‘great’ moonshine we’ve encountered.”

Secret Spirit: Red Barn Rye From Hewn Spirits
By Danya Henning
Published on Zagat.com July 31, 2014

philly-hewnspirits-credit-danyahenninger-redbarnrye_636_400_85_s_c1If you want to get a jump on your friends and be the one who tells them about the best new whiskey in Philadelphia, you don’t have much time.

Out in Bucks County, where the creeping edge of suburbia finally gives way to rolling fields of farmland, Sean Tracy has been quietly selling his ultrasmall-batch spirits. Up until recently, the only single place to get them — mixed in cocktails or by the bottle — was at the Hewn Spirits tasting room.

Yesterday, Tracy told us he has begun distribution, starting first with a handful of bars out in Bucks, and that his liquors should also soon show up in Philadelphia proper.

Our tip: don’t wait. It’s worth a visit to pick up a bottle at the source, especially for the Red Barn rye, which is one of the most complex brown spirits we’ve had the opportunity to taste. A peppery nose gives way to a rich, full flavor, almost plum-like, and the spiciness returns on the finish. Best part: there is no harsh burn — zero, zilch. That’s also true of his New Moon white whiskey, the only “great” moonshine we’ve encountered, and the Shipmate aged rum.

The secret? Not being greedy. “It’s about how much you cut,” Tracy explains, noting that he uses just the “heart” of the distillation, leaving out a lot of the head or tail end of a distillate.

The other trick up his sleeve is old hardwoods, something he has access to because of his day job retrofitting old barns and turning them into luxury country homes. He ages his spirits with charred sticks of woods you can’t find anymore, like American chestnut, which impart maple syrup like flavors to the booze.

Sold? Craig LaBan just wrote about Hewn Spirits for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in a roundup of our growing craft distilling scene, so the cat is out of the bag. If you want to be the whiskey whisperer, better get in on the action fast.

 

 

Hewn Spirits Featured In Philadelphia Inquirer Article on Craft Distilling Revival

Hewn Spirits is one of the featured distilleries in this article about the craft distilling revival in Pennsylvania, published by The Philadelphia Inquirer .

Sean Tracy behind the bar at Hewn SpiritsFrom a nascent Distillers Row with three newcomers set to debut by September around Kensington, to downtown Camden and suburban industrial parks as far off as Pottstown and Pipersville, liquor entrepreneurs are breathing new life into spirits production across the region.

Pennsylvania, home to 1,200 distilleries before Prohibition, is finally in the midst of a long-awaited booze renaissance.

There are now 21 licensed small distilleries in the Commonwealth, with pending applications for 10 more, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

“A year from now, there will be at least half a dozen more in Southeastern Pennsylvania,” says Cassell, who has had inquiries from prospective buyers of his versatile custom stills.

Sean Tracy’s homemade still is already producing character-rich Red Barn Rye ($28, 375 ml) with a small-barrel-aged amber hue, cereal, and spice, as well as an exceptionally smooth, white whiskey (New Moon, $38, 750 ml). I was most excited, though, by Hewn’s single-malt Reclamation, finished with ancient charred hickory, chestnut, or oak from Tracy’s barn restoration business. The hickory- infused version evokes salty-savory notes of bacon and the caramelized sweetness of maple syrup.

 

Read the full article on Philly.com

Full Tilt

HewnSpirits_FullTiltSaturday June 21, 1-9 PM

$10 cover includes spirit & beer tastings + music
(under 16 admitted free with adult)

2:00 PM: Jericho Grass (sponsored by Hewn Spirits)

6:00 PM: J.B. Kline (sponsored by Bucks County Brewery)