MIDDLEBURY – Stonecutter Spirits announced last week they would close Highball Social, their Burlington bar & restaurant, and their Middlebury tasting room by the end of 2019.
The company will continue sales to liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout Vermont, however, it will no longer produce its award-winning spirits.
“We are so grateful for the strong support that our community has shown us since we opened our doors in 2015,” said Sas Stewart, the company’s President and Co-Founder. “While we’re sad to end this chapter, it’s only fitting to spend this time celebrating the people and products that make Vermont outstanding.”
The company will offer free giveaways with every bottle purchased at Highball Social and at the tasting room in Middlebury, and Stonecutter fans are encouraged to visit both locations for cocktails and bottle sales through December.
Stonecutter has built a strong reputation for their aged gin and whiskeys over the years, winning dozens of awards along the way, including top honors at Good Food Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
“We have ample supply on hand to continue stocking bars, restaurants, and liquor stores for quite some time,” said Sivan Cotel, Co-Founder and Director of Operations. “Beyond that current supply, it is unlikely that we will do further production.”
The brand is also well known for their experiential events and fundraisers, including Adventure Dinners, Secret Bars, and the annual Galentine’s Day Benefit for Addison-County based WomenSafe.
Despite that, the company has been unable to expand into markets outside of Vermont.
“Our reception locally has been incredible, but we’ve never been able to make inroads into other sales areas,” added Cotel. “Without achieving broader geographic coverage, we just aren’t strong enough to keep operations going.”