homefront Spirits V i n v e r m o n t The distilling of spirits is enjoying a long-overdue renaissance in Vermont. The romanticized stories of rum runners and police chases in the Green Mountain State predate the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors. Vermont had flirted with the idea of Prohibition as early as 1848, and was the second U.S. state to enact a statewide ban decades before Congress passed the National Prohibition Act, and a national temperance movement became federal law. Today, Vermont is home to some of America’s finest artisanal distilleries, and there’s no need to duck into a seedy speakeasy to sample some fine spirits. A state-wide organization, the Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont, is a cooperative, non-profit group created to develop, promote and maintain the distilled spirits industry in Vermont. The 16 Council members provide the region and tourists with a farm-to-table experience that Vermont is known for, while focusing their support on the regional craft distilling industry. A self-guided tasting tour invites visitors to traverse the state with stops along the way at each of the member distilleries. They can sample local flavors while observing the fermentation and distillation processes and visit distillery tasting rooms to discover what makes each spirit unique. Visitors who fill their tasting tour passport with stamps from each member distillery along the route can receive an “I conquered the Tasting Tour” t-shirt by mailing in their completed passport. Some of the distilleries located closest to Okemo include: Silo Distillery, located in Windsor, Vt., boasts a flagship family of vodkas made from non-GMO Vermont corn. They also make gins, whiskeys and special edition spirits. Saxton’s River Distillery, located in Brattleboro, Vt., uses Vermont maple syrup to create Sapling Maple Liqueur, Sapling Maple Bourbon, Sapling Maple Rye, plus Perc Coffee Liqueur and Snowdrop Gin. Whistlepig, located in Middlebury, Vt., is a distillery that specializes in rye whiskey.  Its products have received high points from Wine Enthusiast, and best-whiskey-in-the-world honors from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Stonecutter Spirits, with a tasting room in Middlebury, Vt., offers Single Barrel Gin and Heritage Cask Whiskey – both gold medal winners at 2016 competitions. More information about the Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont and the locations of tasting rooms is available at http://distilledvermont.org/map.php. okemo.com > 802-228-1600 > page 29