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Hooker Mountain Farm Distillery Launches Booze CSA

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Some farms sell vegetables through community-supported agriculture programs. Other farms supply CSA customers with monthly drops of pastured pork, beef or poultry. In some areas, you can sign up for regular, prepaid bread or baked-goods shares. Now, if Washington County is convenient for you, skip the trip to the liquor store and get your hooch through a CSA subscription.

Members of Hooker Mountain Farm Distillery's new distilled-spirits CSA pay $89 to $340 in exchange for a share of the Cabot farm and distillery's monthly output for three or six months, co-owner Kempton Randolph said. Each share has a $35 value. The farm's fourth-class liquor license, which covers sales at the place of manufacture and at market, also covers the CSA.

In the spring, a share might include a bottle of the farm's maple whiskey, made with sap and oats and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. Or it could mean flasks of berry cordial and a bottle of white whiskey infused with bitter, aromatic hops grown from a rhizome of a feral vine found near the farm.

Since Hooker Mountain makes all of its spirits with grains and botanicals grown on-site, the distillery's offerings are always changing. "We have a very different business model than most distilleries," Randolph said. "I have a lot of different spirits that I rotate through, and I'm always running out of things."

Pickup is available on the farm or at the Montpelier Farmers Market.


The original print version of this article was headlined "Community Booze"

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