Taste the American Spirit! The word “driftless’ simply refers to the fact that this area lacks glacial drifts. When the glaciers passed through this area they left behind them lots of sand. And sand is great as a natural aquifer which leads to great tasting water!
Driftless Glen Distillery is a craft distillery located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. A bountiful region rich with peat, bogs, an amazing aquifer, and uncommon sandy soil for our grains to grow in is the perfect place for a distillery.
Enjoying our tastings! Rivershine (moonshine) WisconGin, Peach Vodka, 5 yr old Brandy and Young Rye. Oh, and the S’mores Rivershine was like an adult chocolaty marshmallow roast!
The beautiful tasting area at Driftless Glen over looks the Baraboo River.
Grain Bill or Recipe for rye whiskey is generally 60% corn 30% barley and 10% rye. Now all you need is a still!
10,000 pound, 44 foot tall column still separates the head, heart and tail of the mash. The heart is used to make the alcohol and the head and tail (alcohol removed) are fed to local cows. Is that why Wisconsin cows are so happy and the cheese is so good?
How is Gin made? I never knew….Gin usually starts with neutral spirit. These guys use Vodka. Then it is infused with botanicals and juniper berries in the distillation process. See the silver tube at the top beside the copper neck. It works like a tea infuser that they pack with the berries and botanicals and infuse the vodka. Pretty slick!
Beautiful sliver and copper pot still. Can you say Willy Wonka?
The “Rick House”. A rick is like a rack that the barrels of alcohol are aged in.
Our tasting table. Gin, not something I usually drink or particularly care for, was quite good. The WisconGin doesn’t have the juniper berry forward taste and I bet that’s why I liked it. It has a clean spearmint finish with subtle hints of cone flower and ginger. The Lacy Lemon Sleepover Vodka (did I mention they have fun names for the products too?) would be great chilled over rocks to sip. The light lemon flavor is refreshing. But our favorite had to be the 5 Year Reserve Brandy! Aged in French oak for five years in France and finished here in a second cask that formerly held bourbon.
Yummy Bibb lettuce salad drizzled with a Vermont maple balsamic glaze. They make the vinegars and oils here and are part of the tasting tour. Renee’s Vinegar and Oil selections have some unique flavors like Wild Mushroom and Sage. Bold and true to the flavor on the label, it was hard to choose a favorite!
Blackened shrimp and chicken, andouille sausage, roasted garlic, cheddar, jack cheese, caramelized onions, diced tomatoes, scallions and a drizzle of creole mustard remoulade.
Beef & chicken kabobs with mushrooms, tomato, onion, and peppers. Glazed with a bourbon sauce served on a bed of yellow rice.
On the cocktail list you will find libations made with Renee’s Vinegars! Clever and very tasty! Our choices for the evening were:
Brandy Manhattan ~ 5 Year Reserve Brandy, whiskey barrel aged bitters, and Renee Black Cherry Balsamic.
Cara Cara Orange Old Fashion ~ Barrel aged Brandy, Renee Cara-Cara Orange Vanilla Balsamic, gin barrel aged orange bitters, orange, and topped with sweet & soda.
Baraboo is loaded with history, beautiful countryside and is a charming town filled with friendly people. If you get anywhere near here, be sure to stop by Driftless Glen for a tour and perhaps a little cheesecake to go with their 5 Year Reserve Brandy. It’s quite the combo to enjoy on their patio overlooking the Baraboo River. Cheers!