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Saturday Street Style: Bully Boy Distillers Tour

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Where: Lincoln Tavern, Bully Boy Distillers, and the north end

When: July 27, 2013

My Saturday started with a delicious brunch at Lincoln Tavern in Southie. This restaurant is located on West Broadway and they serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday till 3 PM. The menu has a nice selection of lunch and brunch items. There is also a variety of wood fired pizzas on the menu. I had a bloody mary and an egg sandwich with fries. I had them substitute the brunch potatoes for fries. My friends had the eggs benedict special, the cubano, and the sausage pizza. We started with baked goat cheese dip made with fig jam and served with sourdough bread. Everything was really good, the bloody mary made it on to my top ten list. We sat by the window and enjoyed the nice weather and people watching. I don’t go out much in this area of Boston but I would come back to this place again.

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After brunch we headed to Bully Boy Distillers for a tour. I heard about this tour via an Amazon Local email. Amazon local has deals similar to those you would see on Groupon. I purchased a tour for four people for $35. The regular price of the tour is $10 per person. Unfortunately we were a little late to the tour but we still learned a lot about how they make their products. We also got to sample everything. I like to support local businesses whenever possible so I enjoyed learning about this company and their products. Bully Boy Distillers is run by brothers Will and Dave Willis with help from their friend Charlie who ran our tour. I would recommend this tour and the Bully Boy products.

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Jason is wearing a Machine shirt and Faded Glory shorts

Derek is wearing a Tommy Hilfiger shirt and Lee shorts

Sara is wearing a dress from the Gap

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’m wearing a dress from Old Navy with a Banana Republic necklace and Warby Parker sunglasses.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There was even a guy on the tour wearing a fedora.

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After the tour you can purchase the glasses, the products or a t-shirt. I purchased the aged whiskey.

Here is information from the Bully Boy website:

Bully Boy Distillers is owned and operated by brothers Will and Dave Willis, who were inspired by their childhood home and fourth-generation working family farm. During prohibition the farm was home to an enviable collection of local artisan spirits, which were stored in a vault in the farmhouse basement. With names like “Medford Rum” and “Cow Whiskey,” these precursors to today’s craft spirits were harsh and remarkably undrinkable, but they had character.

Roughly 70 years after Prohibition was abolished the vault was rediscovered. Though covered in dust and cobwebs, it was inspiring, and the idea for a distillery that continues the legacy of artisan distilling in Massachusetts was hatched.

Paying particular attention to the caliber of ingredients used in its products, Bully Boy hand-produces premium spirits in small batches, emphasizing quality over quantity. As homage to the farm, the distillery is named after Bully Boy, a favorite farm workhorse. Will and Dave’s great-grandfather named his beloved horse using a term coined by his college roommate Teddy Roosevelt – “Bully” – meaning superb or wonderful.

Bully Boy Distillers is proud to carry on Boston’s tradition of small-batch distilling, and we look forward to stocking your liquor cabinet with handmade beverages that taste as superb as the quality of their ingredients. Bully for you.

Bully Boy Distillers produces premium spirits with an emphasis on quality ingredients and traditional distilling techniques. We use a 600 liter copper pot still, which allows us to create spirits with complexity and character. Our whiskeys and vodka are USDA certified organic, which means our base ingredients are grown naturally without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. All our spirits are handmade in small, numbered batches. It’s our belief that a hands-on approach makes a difference – take a sip and see.

Here is information about the products:

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American Straight Whiskey

Bully Boy’s aged whiskey uses corn, rye, and malted barley as its primary ingredients, and is aged in new American Oak. The corn makes for subtle sweetness, and the high rye content creates a dry spiciness; the flavors are further refined through the barrel-aging process, which imparts both a prominent caramel note and a nutty finish. An excellent sipping whiskey. As with all our spirits, our whiskey is made in small, numbered batches, so you know you are getting a truly unique spirit.

White Whiskey

All whiskey comes off the still as a clear spirit; it is the aging process that imbues whiskey with its deep brown hue and oakey taste. A popular spirit during prohibition, white whiskey (moonshine) was manufactured using primitive techniques and inferior ingredients making it harsh and undrinkable. Times have changed. Bully Boy’s USDA certified organic white whiskey is clean and mellow. It’s akin to vodka, but with bolder flavor notes. You can enjoy it neat or use it in place of vodka in your favorite mixed drink.
2011 International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
Rating: 95 Points (Exceptional)

Vodka

Bully Boy’s USDA certified organic vodka is made with wheat on a 600 liter copper still. We chose wheat as the base for our vodka because it creates a spirit with a subtle sweetness that aids drinkability. Distilled only once, the spirit presents a silky texture and clean, chiseled finish. Enjoy neat or mixed.

2011 International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
Rating: 92 Points (Exceptional)

Boston Rum

Boston Rum grew out of our desire to resurrect the city’s storied history of rum production, which dates back to 1667. Colonial Americans had a healthy appetite for rum, and much of the original spirits was distilled in Boston. Made with blackstrap molasses, our Boston Rum has a bold flavor, which is created using deeper cuts on the still. It’s aged in a blend of used bourbon and red wine barrels, and the final product has a fruity complexity, a subtle vanilla note, and a bit of sweetness.

White Rum

Continuing Boston’s legacy as the center of rum production, Bully Boy’s signature White Rum is made with Blackstrap Molasses. Using techniques handed down from Cognac distillers, we use a blend of cuts to create white rum that has both depth and a remarkably smooth finish. Enjoy straight up or mixed in your favorite cocktail.

2012 International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
Rating: 91 Points (Exceptional)

Here is a list of places that sell the Bully Boy brand: http://www.bullyboydistillers.com/downloads/BostonRumAccts.pdf

Tours available by appointment only:

Thursday’s at 6pm and select Saturday’s

A Groupon is available: http://www.groupon.com/deals/bully-boy-distillery-1?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=US_DT_SEA_GGL_TXT_TTT_SR_CBP_CH1_NBR_k*bully%20boy%20distillery_m*e_d*US-RTC-Boston_g*bully-boy-distillery-1_c*21599871136_ap*1t1_sa*20130320_ea*20151222_xa*20140119

After the tour we checked out St. Joseph’s feast in the north end. This is one of many feasts that will take place this summer in the north end. There are lots of venders at these feasts providing Italian food, fun and music. We ended our day buying some cannolis at Mike’s pastry.

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