Thursday: Plantation Rum

Reveler is excited to have Plantation Rum back at our tasting bar! If you're a rum fan, you won't want to miss this one. Plantation is part of Maison Ferrand, one of the oldest spirit brands in the Cognac region, under the direction of highly awarded distiller and chairman, Alexandre Gabriel. Alexandre just celebrated his 30th anniversary as chairman last week! Finished in Cognac barrels, the Maison Ferrand history and influence shows in each of Plantation’s rums. Plantation has an artisanal range of rums from the great terroirs of the tropics, honoring Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica while evoking the great epic of exotic, adventurous maritime commerce. Plantation is also the owner of the "mythical" West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados and is a shareholder of National Rum of Jamaica, owner of Clarendon Distillery and Long Pond Distillery. Come on in and try these exceptional and shockingly affordable favorites with some new additions to the store!

We will be tasting:

Stiggins' Fancy Plantation Pineapple Rum - A tribute to the character created by Charles Dickens in the “Pickwick Papers,” Reverend Stiggins, whose favorite drink was “pineapple rum.” The barks of Victoria pineapples are infused in Plantation 3 Stars rum, which is then further distilled. Separately, the pineapple fruit is infused in Plantation Original Dark rum. Both distillate and fruit infusion are finally blended together, creating a rich and delicious pineapple bouquet, accented by smoky clove notes.

3 Stars White Rum - A tribute to the historic rums produced in the Caribbean, with a blend of the region’s three primary terroirs: Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. Barbados delivers the richness and a balanced palate, Trinidad adds finesse and Jamaica provides an emphatic structure. Great for Daiquiris!

Original Dark Rum - The rich and intense style of Jamaica and Barbados, with their notes of plum, banana and vanilla, is enhanced by meticulous blending and further maturation in France. The result is a profound structure spiced with notes of cinnamon and clove, whose smoky quality adds texture.

O.F.T.D. Overproof - Plantation’s take on that classic style of overproof rums. Cellar Master Alexandre scoured rum joints around the world to find six grizzled old salts who knew which end of a rum bottle was which. Together they came up with this blend of Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados rums, bottled at 69% ABV or 138 proof.

Plantation Barbados 5 Year - American oak barrels play host to this rum where it ages for three to four years before maturing for one to two years in Ferrand French oak casks. The result is a subtle and tropical Barbadian style rum, excellent for aperitifs or classic cocktails.

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry - With Xaymaca Special Dry, Plantation revives the quintessential Jamaican-style, 100% pot still rums of the 19th century with an expression of intense flavors that reveal the traditional, legendary “Rum Funk” aromas and flavors of black banana, nectar and flambéed pineapple. Xaymaca evokes the name given to the island by its first inhabitants, the Arawaks.

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Friday: Switchback Brewing Company

Reveler is thrilled to welcome Burlington, Vermont’s Switchback Brewing Company to the tasting bar! Switchback Brewing Co. was founded in 2002 by longtime friends Bill Cherry and Jeff Neiblum, with one goal in mind - to brew unexpected, relatable, great tasting beer. They envisioned maximizing complexity, flavor and delivering beer the way a brewmaster experiences it. To achieve this, the beer is left unfiltered and is carbonated 100% naturally. The Switchback lineup has grown to include over 20 beers as year-round offerings, rotating specials and limited releases. Most of these beers are still limited to Vermont, but a few are starting to arrive in MA. In 2017, Cherry turned ownership of the brewery over to the employees via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The brewery will remain locally-owned and-operated. Come on in and try this beer that is crafted and owned by our New England neighbors!

We will be tasting:

Switchback Ale - Using only traditional ingredients, Switchback Ale is an unfiltered, reddish-amber ale that has balance, complexity and flavor. Five different malts, select hop varieties and their own cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit, followed by a malty finish.

Switchback IPA - The newest release from Switchback to Massachusetts is formulated specifically to maximize a fresh character and hop flavor that lasts. This IPA is a blend of Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops. A complex aroma pairs with a light malt touch with citrus and floral accents.

Citra-Pils Kellerbier - A twist on the classic pilsner style of lager beer. Switchback brews this lager traditionally, using only Light Pils malt and Saaz hops. After a six-week lagering process, they dry hop the beer with a blend of Citra and Saaz hops. The result is a complex beer that is clean, crisp and refreshing.

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Saturday: Craft Collective Beer Tasting

Reveler is excited to have a Craft Collective Ambassador back at the tasting bar! Craft Collective is an independent Craft Beer distributor that helps Craft Beverage producers - beersmiths, cider makers, coffee roasters - build their brands in New England. Their climate-controlled storage and operations facility is located in Stoughton, MA and we’re positive some of the beers you’ve loved picking up at Reveler were delivered from there. This week we have selections from Banded Brewing Co. and Hermit Thrush Brewery.

We will be tasting:

Banded Brewing Co. - Biddeford, ME
Formerly “Banded Horn Brewing Company,” Banded Brewing Co. was Biddeford, Maine’s first Craft Brewery, opening in 2013. Under the direction of Ian McConnell, the owner and brewmaster, Banded has gained wide popularity, first hitting Massachusetts markets in 2016. The name Banded represents their aspirations of people banding together; we as humans need to band together to survive and as an industry, Craft Beer needs to band together and collaborate to keep beer free and independent. The imagery of the drinking horns represent the ceremonial vessel that many cultures use to represent the beauty and celebration of enjoying delicious beer with loved ones. Banded Brewing Co. represents friendship, collaboration and celebration.

VERIDIAN IPA - Brewed with Citra, Azacca and Chinook hops, the Veridian has a soft, smooth mouthfeel that is vibrant with hop character. This IPA is hazy with notes of orange creamsicle, candied Meyer lemon, fresh papaya and mango.

DAIKAIJU Double IPA - Monstrous hop flavors from the Mosaic, Idaho 7 and Chinook hops give way to mellow citrus with waves of juicy tropical fruit creating a delightfully well-balanced double IPA. A must try!

Hermit Thrush Brewery - Brattleboro, VT
Hermit Thrush is the sour-specific brainchild of Christophe Gagné and Avery Schwenk that concocts the best New American Sours they can dream up. They combine environmentally sustainable practices, such as wood pellet boilers, with age-old brewing processes and a harvest of locally grown ingredients. Gagné and Schwenk opened their doors in 2014 and felt that Brattleboro matched their desire for a location that combined community, nature and environmental awareness. Hermit Thrush exclusively uses their own wild yeast and native mixed-fermentation cultures from Battleboro, which develops their signature fruity, phunky and tart flavors that are distinctively Vermont.

Stickney Kriek - A sour cherry ale. Named after the nearby Stickney Brook, this ale spent ten months of oak-barrel aging over sour cherries to produce an extremely dry, complex and bitingly tart beer with a multi-layered balance of cherry, vanilla and toffee.

Gin Barrel Saison - A sour saison aged in local spirit barrels. The saison picks up smooth vanilla notes from the American oak and herbal characters of ginger, honey and juniper from the gin. The result is a bone-dry, easy drinking beer! This batch highlights the botanical flavors of Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, VT.

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