Labeled as “Old Cooch’s Corn Whiskey” and “Silver Screen Vodka,” Delaware’s ‘The Painted Stave’ distillery’s craft spirits tell the story of its home state’s people and places. History buffs and locals recognize the label’s references to Delaware history, including the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Delaware (at Cooch’s Bridge), as well as the distillery’s location, housed in Smyrna, Del.’s, World War II era ‘‘Smyrna Movie House”’ building.
But the upstart brand is quickly gaining even wider recognition for the history that it is making all on its own. After single-handedly up-ending a long-standing legal ban on free-standing distilleries in Delaware, Painted Stave Distilling set about making its own mark. Today, it is known both as a locally-sourced craft spirits distillery and a cornerstone of Smyrna, Delaware’s historic district redevelopment project. Harvesting tons of Delmarva-grown corn, cranberries, goldenrod, and the like to make its unique... Read More