The COVID 19 Pandemic of 2020 effected virtually every person on the face of the world in one way or another.
After months of stress and hardships, we decided that people needed 2 things, a change and a good laugh.
So first, Barnstormer Distillery decided to take the experience gained in producing hand sanitizer and use some to think out of the box thinking to create a new limited edition special moonshine different from anything currently on the market. And secondly, give it a fun name to hopefully put a smile on your face.
During the early days of the 2020 pandemic, there was a huge need by first responders and critical workers for hand sanitizer. When our governing bodies (the TTB and the FDA) gave permission to distilleries to produce hand sanitizer, Barnstormer Distillery changed our production to focus on producing hand sanitizer for donation to emergency centers in Winnebago, Stevenson and Ogle Counties. When the public heard our story, the response was amazing. We began receiving donations of bottles, packaging, expired beer, sugar and corn to help with our production.
While we were making hand sanitizer out of expired beer, (And sniffing a few too many alcohol fumes) we had a revelation.... The beer with the Alcohol removed was similar to our sour mash (the leftover liquid from a normal distillation after the alcohol is removed).....What if we were to use it instead of water to make moonshine???
So we took the spent beer, added ground corn and sugar and sent it thru our normal whiskey process...... The result was a complex spirit with an initial kick and then a long finish....
By Appointment only