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Newport resident and Rhode Island native, Sherry Brice, has launched a unique line of moonshine whiskey that has a lower alcohol content than traditional moonshines, has fewer calories and is gluten-free.
Seaport Shines is a triple distilled whiskey brewed in Riviera Beach, Florida with two distinctive introductory flavors: Cucumber Lemon and Mint and Maple Bacon with more flavors due to come online shortly. It is being distributed by Rhode Island Distributing and is available at fine restaurants throughout Rhode Island.
“The beauty of this on-trend product is that the moonshine can be served on its own, as is or over ice, or with a variety of mixers, the recipes for which appear on our website,” said Ms. Brice in a press release. “I’m very grateful for the positive reception the moonshine has had throughout Rhode Island and we look forward to widening our distribution to include the entire East Coast in short order.”
Moonshine was originally a slang term for high-proof distilled spirits usually produced illicitly, initially in the South, without government authorization. However, Newport, Rhode Island was one of the first places to distill moonshine and there exist some old stills in the City that date back to the turn of the century. The clear spirit was available only “if you knew someone who knew someone.” Legal in the United States since 2010, moonshine is defined as “clear, unaged whiskey” typically made with corn mash as its main ingredient. According to the American Distilling Institute, the number of craft distilleries is growing by 30 percent each year.
In early years, moonshine was traditionally bottled in jugs or apothecary jars with screw caps. However, since Seaport Shines is a refined shine, it’s found in beautiful glass, hand-painted bottles with Italian glass corks.
A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Sherry began writing food and wine reviews for Newport This Week and a Rhode Island website and became a Board member of American Institute of Wine & Food in Rhode Island. She started Cosmetic Cosmos, a color cosmetic and skin care business a retail shop on lower Thames Street and an online store at http://www.cosmeticcosmos.com.
For more information about Seaport Shines, visit seaportshines.com.