Connecticut Distilling Opens

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CoreBev just announced the grand opening of Connecticut Distilling, its new flagship distillery located in the heart of Connecticut: Waterbury.

“Connecticut Distilling is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication,” said CoreBev founder and CEO Stelios Stavrianos in a news release. “My team and I have been waiting a long time for this moment, and we are thrilled to bring our vision to life in such a historically rich area.”

Stavrianos noted that the distillery will serve as the new manufacturing hub for all domestic legacy CoreBev products and will feature a tasting lounge where guests can enjoy craft cocktails.

The New Connecticut Distilling Adventure

The Connecticut Distilling team, led by master distiller Brandon Collins’ expertise, uses beer from breweries all around the state as a main ingredient to produce two out of their five flagship spirits, the company states. “The new adventure with Connecticut Distilling allows me to direct my talent and energy towards distilling quality, handcrafted spirits that are both innovative and sustainable, while simultaneously expanding our distribution footprint,” said Collins in the release.

Connecticut Distilling’s distillery manager, Dimitrios Zahariadis, who was born in Waterbury and helped pioneer the craft cocktail movement in Connecticut, expressed his enthusiasm for the new distillery: “It is my absolute pleasure to finally bring production of our spirits and canned cocktails to the area where the ideas were originally conceived,” he said in the release.

Connecticut Distilling is launching with five new products:

  • “Charred” – whiskey made from beer
  • “Drops” – a clear floral spirit made from beer
  • “Fort Hill” Bourbon
  • “Waterville” Vodka
  • Blueberry Rum – made by resting hand-picked Connecticut farm blueberries in rum for over 60 days


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