Sip and Snack
Tamworth Distillery pivots to offer skiers socially distanced spirits and light bites
You’ve just finished a long day on the slopes and are looking to continue the fun by indulging in a few drinks with friends, but there’s nowhere to go. Enter Tamworth Distilling’s Skiklubben Ski Lounge, a cozy outdoor area where guests can cozy up to crackling campfires or relax at picnic tables while sampling tasting flights like Skiklubben Aquavit, a new Tamworth take on a Scandinavian classic. Light bites will also be available from the distillery’s sister café and retail space, Art in the Age Café.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve successfully pivoted our business operations to deal with complications caused by the pandemic, and I’m sure it won’t be the last,” says Steven Grasse, the founder and face of Tamworth Distilling and head of liquor consulting agency Quaker City Mercantile. “This way, people who want to unwind after a long day on the slopes can take a load off in our Skiklubben Ski Lodge area — And, of course, we invite them to sample some of our spirits, especially the seasonally-apt Skiklubben Aquavit, a warming spirit perfect for facing the low temperatures we experience here in New Hampshire.”
The distillery’s new aquavit was inspired by the storied Nansen Ski Club in Berlin, New Hampshire, and is a scratch-made spin on the Nordic spirit traditionally made with dill and caraway. The delightfully warming dram was crafted with a whiskey base (a blend of bourbon, barley and wheat whiskey) and a seasonal mix of wintry vegetables and spices, including parsnip, carrot, clove, anise and cardamon — the perfect après-ski sipper.
If you are looking for more winter fun, there are a series of special offerings related to New Hampshire’s famously chilly winters.
Cold Weather Offerings
- How Low Can You Go? Now through the rest of the winter, if the temperature outside dips below 10 degrees at Tamworth Distilling (windchill counts!), the distillery team will help imbibers test their limits in other ways with tastings in the Skiklubben Ski Lounge for $5.
- When Hell Freezes Over – It’s almost impossible to freeze vodka, right? With these recent winter temps, it’s hard to be sure. The distillery is extending a particularly biting offer: If it gets cold enough that a bottle of White Mountain Vodka left outside freezes, imbibers are eligible to receive free tastings.
- Bitter Cold Giveaway – If the high temp for the day stays in the single digits, guests who make a purchase at the distillery will be entered to win one of five gift bags containing the makings of a delicious craft cocktail (including bitters, of course!). Winners will be chosen on the Spring Solstice.