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What's New with Dry Hills Distillery

The Dry Hills Distillery's production team has been working hard to fill as many barrels as they can in hopes to release our Bin 7 Wheat Whiskey later this fall/winter. It is an exciting time to be working on something that really ignites our passion for creating craft spirits.There is something truly special and romantic about the maturation of an aged spirit. The raw distillate that goes into the oak barrels is the heart of the whiskey, but it is the charred oak and the tannin's in the wood that really give the spirit it's soul. 
 Jeff and Brett, (the production crew) have filled several barrels and continue to fill them weekly. Starting with 5, 10 and 30 gallon barrels we are already seeing exciting results. The hard red spring wheat that we take off our farm yields a smooth, approachable whiskey that is great for sipping neat or mixing in a classic whiskey cocktail. As the barrels rest, it has been quite gratifying to watch this progression which will ultimately generate a finished spirit as hard working as the farms that harvested the grains.

Peoples Choice for Bacon Boss:
Dry Hills Distillery along with many other Montana distilleries, breweries and wineries took part in the festivities at Moods Spirit and Brew Fest over in Ennis, MT on July 3rd. Dry Hills Distillery took home the prize of People's Choice Best Bacon Boss for the bacon inspired garnish on their signature bloody mary. This epic victory was due to the masterful workings of the one and only grill master, K.C. Barnhardt (Erica's father). K.C. took chive cream cheese and mixed it with garlic, jalapeno, and bacon bits, stuff in a bell pepper and wrapped it in bacon. This fantastic garnish was on Dry Hills famous spicy bloody mary mix with Hollowtop Vodka. Talk about amazing and what a fun way to kick off the 4th of July weekend with a little bacon competition! Stay tuned as this might become a Sunday-Fun-Day routine at the Distillery!


Events in the Tasting Room:
Last month on June 11th, Dry Hills Distillery hosted a benefit for our dear friend that has been battling breast cancer. Through silent auction items, a 50/50 raffle and sales in the tasting room, we were able to raise over $4,000 for her! It was great to see the community come together and support our dear friend. We greatly appreciate all that donated and those that stopped by that night, every little bit helps. If you want more information on Janell and her journey of cancer or would still like to donate please visit her go-fund-me page.

Now serving 4!!! That's right 4 custom cocktails. Dry Hills Distillery has been working closely with the State of Montana to ensure that we are still following regulations by serving only 2 ounces per person per day. By changing the proof of our Hollowtop Potato Vodka and our Montana Abbey Gin, we are serving half ounce pours in a full size cocktail and are able to bring 4 drinks to the table instead of 2. We hope that this helps to serve a better experience and atmosphere in the tasting room. If you haven't been in for a few weeks make sure to stop by, there is always a weekly drink special, daily specials and live music every Saturday night. To see a list of who will be playing at the distillery please check out our website or Facebook page.

Photo Contest:
Dry Hills Distillery is doing a photo contest #showyourdryhills to see how everyone is enjoying their bottles of Hollowtop Vodka or Montana Abbey Gin. So far we have had a few great shots! The winner will be contacted at the end of the month with the final prize! Make sure to tag @dryhillsdistillery on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #showyourdryhills. Good Luck!

Farm Check:

As the summer continues, the farms have been working hard to ensure enough water is put down on the fields. Growing certified seed potatoes also demands the daunting task of walking every field, not once but several times, to ensure a disease free crop. The crews on both operations are now gearing up for harvest. There is nothing more exciting for a farmer than watching the many hours of hard work come closer and closer to fruition.  Here are some fun shots of the Droge Farm seed plot. These potatoes are actually hand planted and hand dug for harvest. Each of these little spuds will then grow to be our first generation of seed potatoes and the farm will raise these spuds for 3 generations before they are sorted and sold to our commercial buyers. It takes a lot a faith and patience but it's all worth it in the end. Not to mention a lucky few of these humble potatoes will one day become a bottle of our premium Montana made spirits!
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