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Join Plimoth Plantation for a tasting event that will showcase select artisans of New England’s booming craft distillery industry. Now in its third year, Living Proof—Celebrating the Makers, will be held in the Museum’s Visitor Center where several New England craft distilleries and brewers will be on tap for a spirited, fascinating gathering.
The craft of distilling spirits has come a long way since the early 17th century when sugarcane growers on Barbados learned from Brazilians how to ferment the by-product of sugar-making and distill the result to make “kill-devil,” a drink that was “infinitely strong, but not very pleasant in taste…,” according to British author Richard Ligon, who travelled to Barbados in 1647. Also called Rumbullion for a British slang word meaning “a brawl or violent commotion,” it was described by a traveler to Barbados in 1651 as “a hot, hellish and terrible liquor.”
The vendors that will be featured will be pouring samples of their wide variety of premium small-batch spirits. The experts on hand will help tasters identify the unique qualities imparted by various grains, spices, botanicals and metal cask vs. wooden barrel aging techniques.
The event will include spirit-inspired food pairings, a cash beer and wine bar against the backdrop of live bluegrass performed by the Lindseys. Plimoth Plantation’s Foodways Culinarian Kathleen Wall will be on hand to share fun facts about the use of spirits by the English and Native cultures of 17th-century Plymouth.