Last weekend, Localists joined at Pastiche for a guided tasting of Whiskey Del Bac from Hamilton Distillers. If you haven't heard of this super local spirit, it's because they are still a relatively small distillery located in the heart of Tucson. Stephen Paul, co-founder of Hamilton Distillers, took his "love of place", and infused it into the essence of Whiskey Del Bac. Malted over mesquite, rather than peat (as is traditional for most Scottish whiskeys), this spirit has a uniquely Southwestern flare that drew us in and kept us wanting more. Weather you are a whiskey expert or new to the world of spirits, there was something to learn for everyone at the Localist Tasting of Whiskey Del Bac.
1. Hamilton uses sustainably sourced ingredients.
The wheat that Hamilton uses in their distilling process comes from BKW Farms, a local grower and supplier of White Sonora Wheat. "White Sonora Wheat is a sustainable, heritage grain that offers a healthy, delicious alternative to modern wheat. BKW Farms in Marana, Arizona is proud to play a role in re-introducing White Sonora Wheat to consumers and in increasing sustainable food production in Southern Arizona. BKW Farms is growing White Sonora Wheat the way it was traditionally grown – without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. White Sonora Wheat grown at the farm is USDA Certified Organic."
2. Hamilton "Closes the Loop" with their production.
A lot goes in to the process of brewing whiskey, and Hamilton cuts waste on both ends. First off, the mesquite that they use in distilling their Whiskeys Del Bac comes from the left over scraps of their furniture company, Arroyo Design. The theme of re-purposing also comes in at the end of the process. Once the whiskey is malted, distilled, and ready for purchase, there is a lot of leftover grain from the fermentation. This "spent grain" is then delivered to E&R Pork, and the cows at BKW Farms, to feed the livestock. We're told that whiskey grains make for particularly "happy" cows and pigs.
Image via E & R Pork
3. Hamilton appreciates their volunteers, really appreciates them.
Lunch and a bottle of whiskey, how bad can that be? Since Hamilton is experiencing high demand for their products, they are offering a great deal to folks willing to roll up their sleeves for the cause. Simply volunteer for them for a few hours, and get free lunch with a bottle of Whiskey Del Bac! Spots fill up FAST, so make sure to keep an eye out on their facebook to participate.
Image Via Whiskey Del Bac
Looking for a local spot to sample some Whiskey Del Bac? It is available at Agustin, Pastiche, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, Proper, and so many more.
The Localist Tasting of Whiskey Del Bac was curated for the Local First Arizona Localist Program. Members of the Localist program get exclusive invitations to events all over the state that highlight the plethora of amazing local businesses we have to offer. From whiskey tastings, to private shopping hour/style sessions, to backstage tours, the Localist Program has something for everyone. Not a Localist yet? Sign up today!
Our next Localist event in Tucson is going to be our Cowboy Monsoon Luau! This is a screamin' deal which gets you a room at the Historic Downtown Clifton Hotel, access to the MoCA Pools, Dinner & Drinks from Mama's Hawaiian BBQ, Live Music, and Complimentary Breakfast for Sunday morning at 5 Points Market, all for just $100/couple. The event is Saturday, August 29th. Sign up today!