Burlington, Vermont — Expanding their footprint to the Queen City, Middlebury, Vt.-based distillery Stonecutter Spirits is celebrating the opening of their Burlington cocktail bar and tasting room, Highball Social.
“It’s exciting to be joining the Burlington cocktail scene at a moment when there’s a lot of energy around great spirits,” said Sas Stewart, co-founder and president of Stonecutter Spirits. “At the heart of all of it, we are cocktail nerds, and we’re really thrilled to share our approach to spirits with more people.”
For Stonecutter, the new bar follows on the success of the distillery’s two flagship products: Single Barrel Gin, the winner of the double gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition; and Heritage Cask Whiskey, which earned gold at the 2016 World Spirits Competition. In addition to crafting spirits, Stonecutter is known for vibrant events that spark cocktail culture, including the roving Secret Bar series and Cocktail Scavenger Hunt.
Equal parts cocktail lounge and neighborhood hang-out, Highball Social brings Stonecutter’s inventive cocktail recipes, aged spirits, and festive events to Vermont’s largest city. The cocktail bar officially launches with a Jaws-themed end-of-summer cocktail menu including drinks like “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” and “Amity Island.”
With an Art Deco-inspired design, Highball Social gives nod to Gastby-esque gatherings and the birth of the cocktail party in the 1930s. In addition to rotating themed cocktails, Highball Social’s menu includes signature highballs, cocktails inspired by history, and boilermakers, as well as a curated selection of local beer, wine, and cider. Adjacent the Burlington location of Folino’s Wood Fired Pizza, Highball Social also offers a curated pizza menu alongside rotating pop-ups featuring guest chefs and food trucks.
Said Stewart, “We’re making the best cocktails using house-made syrups and local food and local spirits, and doing that in a way that we hope is totally approachable to anyone who walks in our doors.”
About Stonecutter Spirits
Based in the historic marble-cutting town of Middlebury, Vt., Stonecutter Spirits makes thoughtful, vibrant aged gin and whiskey. Stonecutter’s award-winning spirits are distributed throughout Vermont and Massachusetts.
About Highball Social
One part fancy party, one part neighborhood hang-out, Highball Social is a project of Stonecutter Spirits. The cocktail bar and tasting room is the Burlington, Vt., destination for classic cocktails and inventive tipples featuring Stonecutter’s award-winning aged gin and whiskey.