5th Annual 630 DAY!

5th Annual 630 Day Party
Friday June 30th, 2016
5-9pm at StilL 630 Distillery
1000 S. 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63104

BUY TICKETS HERE
$30 advance / $35 door

Food: 5:30-7pm – Spirits Unveiling: 6:30pm

FIVE YEARS.  We’re gearing up for our biggest and best 630 Day yet!

This year’s party is all about celebrating the path we’ve traveled so far and looking ahead to a brighter future!

We want to go all out for this big five year milestone, so we’re thrilled to announce our biggest lineup of friends at 630 DAY ever!

GUERRILLA STREET FOOD

4HANDS BREWERY

RICK JORDAN, CHOCOLATIER

SERENDIPITY ICE CREAM

BARREL BEARD & TATTOO

THE WANDERING SIDECAR BAR

Along the whiskey-drinking musical stylings of Don Bailey & The BOB Band!

SPIRITS:

630 DAY means an incredibly special spirit release, and this year takes it up a notch with two spirits as well as the formal debut of an our flagship GIN!

We will be releasing our third edition of our innovative Brewery Collaboration Series, titled: PRESENCE OF DARKNESS!  This completely unique whiskey will be unlike any whiskey you’ve ever had before.  I promise you that.   It began life as 4Hand’s “Absence of Light” (Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout) before we distilled and aged it in new oak barrels.  That was in February of 2016.  Now, at 630 DAY, you finally get to taste the result.  Your patience will be well rewarded! (read more about Presence of Darkness HERE)

DOUBLE BARREL RALLYPOINT – Batch III!!  Need we say more?  We are releasing the Third Batch of the ADI 2017 Gold Medal winner & ACSA 2016 BEST WHISKEY IN AMERICA!  (read more about Double Barrel RallyPoint HERE)  Just like Batch I & II, it won’t last long, so make sure you come get it while it lasts!

Finally, you’ve all known StilL 630 as one of the premier craft whiskey and rum distillers in America.  But we are excited to finally showcase the result of one of our top secret projects: VOLSTEAD’S FOLLY – AMERICAN GIN.  Yes, we are making a gin.  And yet, it’s obviously awesome.  Otherwise we wouldn’t have bothered.  Come out and celebrate with us.  (read more about Volstead’s Folly HERE)

BREWERY PARTNER:

4Hands Brewery, the first ever company to purchase a bottle of our whiskey, friends (and neighbors!) from the beginning, and one of the absolute best craft breweries around is this year’s featured partner!  They will be pouring some of their delicious beers on tap to sate whatever your thirst may be!

FOOD:

We’ve been fans of what Brian Hardesty and Joel Crespo have been doing with  Guerrilla Street Food ever since we first tried it years ago.  That’s why we’re super pumped they are our featured food partner for this special anniversary party!  Guerrilla Street Food will be here serving up some incredibly delicious fare to pair with our great new craft spirits and 4Hands Brewery’s awesome craft beer!

This year, we’re also proud to welcome St. Louis’ own gourmet chocolatier: Rick Jordan!  He has been named one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional!  So in-between drinks and eats, get your sweet fix with the best handmade chocolates in the country!

As a special treat, the Fire & Ice Cream Truck from Serendipity Ice Cream will be here to delight and thrill your taste buds!

MORE EXCITING PARTNERS:

Enjoy cocktails from bartenders inside the distillery as well as delicious drinks from the fantastic Wandering Sidecar Bar which will be located outside!

And because beards are almost synonymous with whiskey, we’re bringing in our friends from Barrel Beard & Tattoo to demo some of their incredible products for your skin and beard!

We’re pulling out all the stops to make this the BEST 630 Day yet!  So we hope you’ll come down to the distillery on June 30th and help make it so!  You don’t want to miss this party, so get your tickets now and let’s have the party of the year!

THE TRUTH

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

  1. 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.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEW REQUESTS, PLEASE CONTACT

CAITI CARROW AT 618.670.8876

Consider it brought.

We’ve had a hell of a run through these first four and a half years.  Honestly, it’s been much better than I’d dared dream and if you know anything about me, it’s that I’m a fearless dreamer.

But this 630 Day will be our fifth, marking 5 years in production making damn fine (and award-winning!) whiskeys and rums!  As such, we’re planning a party of special magnificence for our 5th Annual 630 Day… more on that will be forthcoming soon…

But this whole year is a celebration.  And as such, we are extremely excited to announce that we will be releasing at least TWELVE brand new release spirits or re-releases of old favorites!

Here’s a tentative schedule of releases:

MARCH 24th: RallyPoint Wine Cask (Rye whiskey finished in Wine Barrel)
APRIL 7th: Expedition Rum Batch 2 (100% Molasses based, pot still Rum)
APRIL 12th: The Truth (Smoked American Single Malt Whiskey)
MAY: S.S. Sorghum Whiskey Batch 3 (100% Sorghum Whiskey)
630 DAY: Presence of Darkness (Brewery Collab Series #3: 4Hands’ Absence of Light transformed into a whiskey)
630 DAY: Double Barrel RallyPoint Batch III
630 Day: GIN
AUG: RallyPoint Sherry Cask (Rye Whiskey finished in a Spanish Sherry Barrel)
SEPT 16th: RallyPoint 5 Year (our first ever 5 year old Rye Whiskey)
OCT: RallyPoint Maple Sunset Batch 4 (Rye Whiskey finished in ex-Bourbon, ex-Maple Syrup barrel)
NOV: Monon Bell Bourbon Batch 2
DEC: Double Barrel RallyPoint Batch IV
DEC: ??

And that all that awesomeness kicks off THIS FRIDAY, March 24th, when we launch our first ever Wine Barrel finished whiskey: RallyPoint Wine Cask.  It’s our flagship RallyPoint Rye Whiskey finished in a red wine barrel from Missouri!  Uncut, unfiltered at 120.92 glorious proof.  Read more here: RallyPoint Wine Cask

We’re offering free tastings at The Wine & Cheese Place (locations: Forsyth and New Ballas) from 4-6pm because they got us the barrel to use.  Then we’re having a special After Party back at the distillery from 7-10pm this Friday, March 24th!  We’ll have tastings flights to sample, a special cocktail, and a general great time.  So come out and join us for this kick off event to an incredible 2017!  No RSVP necessary, just show up!

And LIKE our FACEBOOK page, follow us on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM to stay up to date on our extremely special releases coming out periodically the rest of the year!

We mentioned new spirits.  You said “Bring it.”  Consider it BROUGHT.

RALLYPOINT wins DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL!

DOUBLE GOLD. The only thing better than Gold.

In a cosmic coincidence, on the anniversary of the ending of Prohibition, we also found out today that our flagship Single Barrel RallyPoint Rye Whiskey was just awarded a DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL by The Fifty Best!!!

I cannot stress enough how awesome this award is and how humbled we are by the continued recognition America’s drinking public sees fit to bestow upon us. I can only chalk it up to the fruits of relentlessly chasing your dream with an Indomitable Spirit. 

Thank you for joining me on this incredible ride, stay tuned and stay thirsty because the best is yet to come! Cheers!!

DOUBLE BARREL RALLYPOINT – BATCH II

YES. I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the triumphant return of the Best Whiskey in America! (named the 2016 “Best In Class – Whiskey” by the American Craft Spirits Association. Read more HERE)

Batch II of Double Barrel clocks in at a robust 121.2 Proof of pure, uncut, unfiltered deliciousness. This is StilL 630 in a bottle. Passion and intensity. Our spirit in spirit form. There are only 396 bottles (375ml) and they will go fast, so come out and get them. The release event is scheduled for Dec 16th starting at 5pm in the distillery. Limit 2 per person. $54.99/bottle.

BOURBON outside of Kentucky??

YES. Very much yes. And we’re very excited to release our very first batch of bourbon: MONON BELL BOURBON on Nov 12th! For sale in the distillery on Sunday Nov 13th.

The Monon Bell is an actual 300lb train bell that used to run on the Monon line between Greencastle, IN (DePauw University) and Crawfordsville, IN (Wabash College), when it was retired, it was donated to become the trophy for the victor in the annual battle between the two ancient rivals.  It is one of the oldest and most storied rivalries in the United States, though it’s small nature keep it relatively unknown outside the diehard alumnus groups.  But every fall, in the last game of the year, the Little Giants of Wabash and the Tigers of DePauw square off in an epic battle for pride, for their schools, for the Monon Bell.

Our inaugural bourbon is named after that great game and is a tribute to the Indomitable Spirit at the heart of the rivalry.  It’s a high rye bourbon with a tremendous buttery nose and this edition commemorates the 123rd Monon Classic which will take place in Crawfordsville, IN on Nov 12th, 2017.  The distillery release will occur the following day on Nov 13th in the distillery starting at 10am!

Facebook event info HERE

RPMS BATCH 3 SPECIAL RELEASE!!!

RallyPoint Maple Sunset RallyPoint Maple Sunset

UPDATE: 11/4/16 BATCH #3 is SOLD OUT!  You might be able to find a bottle lurking on a hidden shelf at one of the great local liquor stores for a little while longer, but we are completely out at the distillery.  Like all great sunsets, they eventually end… we hope to make another batch one day, but there is nothing in the works currently…

It’s been over a year since Batch #2 of RallyPoint Maple Sunset sold out, trust me when I say we feel the wait as long as you do, but great spirits can’t be rushed.  So we’re incredibly excited to announce the long-awaited release of our Gold Medal-winning RallyPoint Maple Sunset, Batch #3!

We wouldn’t be where we are today with our incredible, loyal fans and we’ve decided to use this awesome opportunity to show a token of our appreciation to our supporters!

We will officially release the spirit on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th AT 10AM ONLY AT THE DISTILLERY!!   $45/bottle.  Limit TWO bottles per person.

However, we are offering an EXCLUSIVE, PRE-RELEASE OPPORTUNITY to any and all of our fans who want to be the first to get their hands (and lips) on BATCH #3 of our famous RALLYPOINT MAPLE SUNSET a day earlier on Friday October 28th!

Here’s the catch:  to qualify for a pre-release bottle purchase (LIMIT TWO) on Friday, Oct 28th.  YOU MUST BRING IN A BOTTLE FROM ONE OF THE PREVIOUS TWO BATCHES!! 
 (bottle must be RallyPoint Maple Sunset, no other bottles are valid)

Our goal is to be fair and try to reward our faithful customers by giving them first access to one of our most beloved spirits.  So even it you don’t have an old bottle lying around, then you still have both Saturday and Sunday to come into the distillery and claim one.

Whatever bottles (if any) are left on Monday, Oct 31st, we will release out to our great accounts around St. Louis!  But there is only one precious barrel of RallyPoint Maple Sunset and it certainly won’t last long, so don’t delay!

Small visits from big people

This Sunday I was honored to host a private tour with Patrick Garrett of Bourbon & Banter who brought with him famous Bourbon historian and author Michael Veach!  Truly an honor to talk with him and attempt to pick his mind… but as the conversation processed, I found myself losing track of the myriad ideas the conversation spawned in my head!  IMG_6171Great conversation and good spirits always makes for a great time!  Cheers fellas!

THERE WAS A RUMBULLION!!

Well, our 4th Annual 630 Day party has come and gone… and I am proud to say that it was a huge success and far and away our best 630 Day yet!!630Day2016.04_TwitterHeader

First and foremost, a huge THANK YOU to all who came out to support us!  Also, I have to give deep, heartfelt thanks to our partners this year: Modern Brewery pouring delicious beers (their Cambre de Garde – the other half of our collab was a big hit!); Chef Michael Petres & Porano Pasta for serving up their scrumptious pasta!; to Missouri River Relief for helping us spread the message of conservation of our precious resources; and to Rick Jordan for stealing the show with his incredible chocolates!  (If you weren’t able to make it, then consider it something you owe to yourself to check out his forthcoming line of barrel-aged chocolates!)

Beamer, Rick, Ronny, Dave #demigods Beamer, Rick, Ronny, Dave #demigods

We had a great turnout and while I tried my best to talk with everyone personally, I know that I failed to speak with many.  So please forgive me, but know that I was truly touched by the outpouring of support and love that you all showed StilL 630!

It was a very important day for StilL 630, not only because it’s our biggest event of the year by far, but this one in particular because we released (what I hope will be) two of our flagship products: S.S. Sorghum Whiskey and Expedition Rum.  And if the reception they received is any indication, they have a bright future ahead!

As I tried in vain to articulate in my little impromptu speech, it’s because of all the wonderful people who continue to support this small local business, that I am able to continue to follow my dream and keep making whiskey for a living!  We still have a limited amount of our new release spirits available at the tasting room and very small allocations will be released to some of our best local accounts.  So stock up on what you love while supplies last!

Also, special thanks to my sister Jennifer and my wife Sidni for all their handwork and help!!

IMG_6106As well as our interns (past & present) who were present and helped out in a big way to pull off this great day!  Thank you Geno, Spencer, and Kyle!

Geno, Me, Kyle, & Spencer Geno, Me, Kyle, & Spencer

Unfiltered Thoughts on Orlando

I had a conversation over the weekend that I can’t get off my mind.  I was talking with some people about the terrible hate-fueled tragedy in Orlando.  I said something like “This motherfucker was an evil piece of shit who deserves to die, no question.”  The other person flinched at my language.  And that flinch has been gnawing at me.  How soft has our society gotten that some sounds are offensive?  This worthless human being intentionally planned and carried out the worst mass murder in our country’s history.    He shot up, rather, murdered FIFTY random, innocent human beings who were out having a good time.  I lack the words weighty enough to condemn this coward.  He is the most vile form of filth.  He and his thinking are a cancer to our planet.  A cancer that must be ruthlessly eradicated.  And it is not laws that will accomplish this.  Laws do not stop evil men.  Good men, willing and capable of violence, are the only thing that can stop evil men.

And yet, at the same time this terrible tragedy takes place, we live in a world with millions of great, heart-warming stories unfolding.  People living their lives, peacefully pursuing their dreams; people selflessly helping others; people striving to give their children more opportunities than they had.  Countless, unreported good stories unfolding around us all the time.  This is what we are fighting to protect.

Freedom, that is what we hold most dear and what makes this country so great.  Freedom to love whoever you want, freedom to worship whatever you choose, freedom to pursue whatever life you want, freedom to be whoever you want.  These freedoms are what was attacked.  In no way, do I intend to trivialize the deaths of these poor people.  My heart goes out to their loved ones.  Again, I lack the words to appropriately condemn this act.  But I feel it is vital that we also confront the reality of the situation.

I don’t think this is gun-control issue completely.  I am 100% for gun control as long as it means reasonable background checks and waiting periods.  The reason for the 2nd Amendment was to allow the citizens to protect themselves from a government that can become tyrannical without opposition.  Human history is really just a set of examples of this fact.  Look at our current politics and the candidates. Does anyone think for a second that if these politicians could lock up their political enemies they wouldn’t?  How far is it from suppressing political rivals to locking up ‘radicals’?  How long until ‘radical’ expands into anyone who doesn’t agree whole-heartedly with the platform?  When the 2nd Amendment was created, the citizens had the same advanced weapons as the military, rifles, pistols, etc.  Like everything, technology has advanced since then, and while I don’t see a personal need for an AR-15, I will support any responsible citizen’s right to have one.  We all know, guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.

But this sonofabitch, the weapon was just a tool.  He and the evil he represents are at war with our ideas.  Ideas like ‘innocent until proven guilty’, equality of the sexes, freedom of opportunity, free love.  This was not just an attack against a nightclub full of people.  It is a blow against our Western way of life and against our society, which is not perfect, but it IS actively trying to improve.  You can’t tell me for a second that this country hasn’t improved in the last twenty years.  Or that we won’t be even better twenty years from now.  We will stumble on the way, but we will get there eventually, that is the beauty of our self-correcting society.

Then the problem becomes our “innocent until proven guilty” theory.  Which I would argue is a great and wonderful thing that is infinitely better than the alternative.  It is correct and all people should be afforded that protection.  But it becomes tricky when someone is suspected of planning something terrible.  Our intelligence services are great, but they are run by humans and they are not perfect.  Like this fucker who was on the terror watch list.  Apparently interviewed by the FBI twice.  What that tells me is that he was suspicious, but the ‘authorities’ were unable to prove him guilty of anything.  Therefore he was ‘innocent’.

I can’t offer any resolution or easy solution to this travesty.  The real problem is fucked up people with radical hateful ideas.  Thank God, they are a tiny minority in this world, and especially in this country, but the presence of any of them threatens the rest of us.  This IS a difference of ideas.  This is NOT a difference in cultures or religions that should be tolerated.  This is right versus wrong.  We, and our freedoms are right.  Those who oppose these inalienable rights for every man, woman, and child are wrong.  And must be stopped.  By force if necessary.  So I will Pray for the Orlando victims.  As I pray for cancer victims.  But just like our fight against cancer, while we pray, we need to actively try everything possible to defeat the disease.  Including ruthlessly removing and eliminating the deadly mass so that it can’t spread further.

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