Super excited to announce the imminent release of our first ever Single Malt Whiskey: The Truth! Launches Monday, May 1st at Taste Bar! It's truly an honor to work with such a culinary giant. Can't wait to taste the food pairings! (more info about the whiskey: HERE)
Check out the Press Release for more details:
JAMES BEARD WINNER GERARD CRAFT COLLABORATES WITH STILL 630 TO RELEASE ‘THE TRUTH’ WHISKEY
- LOUIS (April 25, 2017) –James Beard winner Gerard Craft and his team at Taste Bar announce a collaboration with StilL 630 to launch The Truth, the first ever American Single Malt Whiskey from the local distiller. The culinary and bar teams at Taste will launch the new spirit on Monday, May 1 at Taste (4584 Laclede St., St. Louis, MO 63108) at 5 p.m. with specialty cocktails and 4-5 dishes paired specifically for the whiskey, available for one night only.
StilL 630 owner David Weglarz worked with Chef Craft and GM/Beverage Director of Sardella/Pastaria Chris Kelling to create the tiny batch, single malt barley whiskey. He explains, “I originally developed the spirit in very small test batches, and I loved it so I wanted its release to be special. I’ve always been a fan of Gerard and his restaurants so I knew he had the palate to make it truly great. I worked with his team to really capture the perfect flavor profile, and we dialed the proof up to a stout 110 to capture the full body of the whiskey.”
The result is a whiskey made from 100% single malt barley, a portion of which is smoked. The natural smoky flavor in the whiskey complements the non-peated, American-style single malt. Although the whiskey has already won a Bronze Medal from the 2017 American Craft Spirit Awards, this will be the first official launch of the spirit.
Chef Craft elaborates, “David is really leading the artisan craft of distilling here in St. Louis, and I think he’s extremely talented. ‘The Truth’ is an important mantra for our restaurant group. It’s our dedication to honest cooking and creating the best possible product. We share that commitment to care with David. When he approached us to get behind this project, I knew the end result was something that I would stand behind. Plus, there’s nothing greater than a whiskey cocktail as a reward after a long day in the kitchen.”
With the small batch production, there are only 87 bottles total in existence. The spirit will be sold at Niche Food Group restaurants as well as the distillery for $65. Bottles will also be available for purchase on launch night.
About Chef Gerard Craft
Chef Gerard Craft is the executive chef and owner of Niche Food Group in St. Louis, MO. As a Food & Wine Best New Chef, Food & Wine Innovator of the Year, and 2015 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Best Chef: Midwest and Inc. magazine Star Entrepreneur, Craft has been a pioneer for the Midwest dining scene. Niche Food Group now includes five restaurants in St. Louis: creative cocktails at Taste by Niche (4584 Laclede, St. Louis, MO 63108), French bistro fare at Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108), quality, Italian fast food at Porano Pasta (634 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101), approachable Italian at Pastaria and the latest venture, Sardella, a fun, seasonal restaurant with a nod to Italy, both located at 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, MO, 63105. Chef Craft and the Niche Food Group will also open a second location for Pastaria in Nashville, TN in 2017.
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