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11-year Apple Brandy Release Party

When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, 297 N. River Road, Lee
Cost: $49 per person (includes access to all food, games, and one bottle of the aged apple brandy)
Visit: flaghill.com




Spirit of apples
Flag Hill unveils limited aged apple brandy

10/19/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 One of Flag Hill Distillery and Winery’s oldest micro-distilled products — an apple brandy that has been aging in barrels for 11 years — is finally making its debut at the distillery’s next release party, and you can be the among the first to taste it.

The party, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, will include multi-course meal options, live music, games and more. But the main highlight is the unveiling of Flag Hill’s newest offering, which is among the oldest micro-distilled apple brandies in the country, according to owner and distiller Brian Ferguson.
The brandy, distilled from apples grown at Apple Hill Farm in Concord, is the next installment in Flag Hill’s “Single Select” signature series. It’s also the first of the new Dusty Collection, named for the mature spirits that age over a number of years. Ferguson said the brandy is almost double the age of anything Flag Hill has ever put out before.
“Because [the brandy] has sat around so long for the barrel to oxidize, it’s got a really nice deep caramel flavor,” Ferguson said. “There’s a compound that’s formed over a long period of time to create a type of acid that tastes very soft and gives this smooth, silky perception.”
Only a small handful of people have tried the 105-proof brandy, according to Ferguson, but 230 bottles will be available during the release party — equivalent to how many tickets are being sold.
The aging of spirits is different all across the world, Ferguson said, with a specific region’s climate having a huge impact on how it develops.
“It’s a little bit of a game, because you can over-age something … [but] you want it to kind of be at its peak or close to its peak,” he said. “We didn’t know at first that it was going to be ready in 11 years, but you kind of have an idea what you’re looking for.”
While the main feature of the event is the release and tasting of the apple brandy, a number of other features are planned for the party. Flag Hill Chef James Costello will be holding a pig roast using farm-raised pigs, and there will also be fresh-pressed apple cider and cocktail stations, as well as an oyster bar beginning at 3 p.m. hosted by Little Bay Oysters in Newington.
For other offerings, enjoy chipotle crab and corn dip, a popcorn bar, caprese skewers, shredded apple slaw and spicy pico, pit-roasted chicken, a cider donut bar, and a caramel apple bar featuring sliced apples with hot bourbon caramel.
“We’re also going to have games throughout the day … with significant prizes attached to them,” Ferguson said. “So there’s going to be a barrel-rolling competition, an apple pie competition and some other stuff that’s just kind of light and laid back.”
The live music, featuring reggae and bluegrass artists like Beau Dalleo and Java Jukebox, will fit that mood as well.
Ferguson said the distillery is working on future brandies to be introduced as part of the Dusty Collection series, including a 12-year brandy made from Niagara grapes he hopes will be ready by next spring. 





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