Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits

Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits


One of my reasons to return is to sip a Barr Hill Gin in Newport again.

Landcrafted in the heart of Vermont. Caledonia Spirits distillery and bar is located at 116 Gin Lane

Mindfully distilled craft spirits that support Vermont's working landscape. We draw inspiration from the four seasons that so strongly define our place.


Coffee Cat

Bundle up this weekend.🥶

The Coffee Cat is your cure for the weekend chill gripping Vermont. Stay warm friends!

Coffee Cat☕️😸
1oz Tom Cat
1oz Housemade Carrier Roasting Co. coffee liqueur
Top with hot coffee
Bruleed whipped honey🍯


We’ve been saying it for years - it’s hard to beat the simple yet enticing combo of Barr Hill Gin, lemon and honey. Thank you Robert Simonson and The New York Times for today’s article on the recent boom of our favorite prohibition-era classic, the Bee’s Knees.🐝

“If it’s possible to trace the cocktail’s resurgence, it might start with Barr Hill, a Vermont distillery that finishes its gin with honey, thanks to the founder, who is also a beekeeper. In 2017, Barr Hill introduced Bee’s Knees Week, an annual event that encourages bars to put the drink on their menu. Last year, nearly 2,500 bars around the country participated.”

And thanks to the 2,500 bars and restaurants, and YOUR participation, we helped create 250,000 sq/ft of new pollinator habitat to save bees and other essential pollinators through ! Who else is excited to see how much habitat we can create in 2023?!

Read more👉


Fun Fact: if a Tom Cat sees its shadow, it means 6 more weeks of Tom Cat Season.🥃❄️

If you’re a fan of fun facts & trivia - join us at the distillery Monday night, Feb. 6th, for our first Trivia Night! Drink specials all night, trivia starts at 6pm and prizes will be available. Come enjoy Tom Cat Season at Gin Lane!🥂


We’re excited to host our friends from Vermont Creamery at the distillery for a special Cocktail & Cheese Pairing Class Thursday, Feb. 9th. Enjoy a selection of artisanal, Vermont made cheeses, each carefully paired with a unique Barr Hill craft cocktail.

Space is limited, see the link below to get your tickets today!🥂


Back by popular demand!📣

Our first release of Kingdom Strength Tom Cat was so popular, we just had to make more! This small batch Tom Cat offers a uniquely bold barrel proof expression bottled at a whopping 113 proof. Available only at the distillery in Montpelier, VT.

After enjoying all the fresh snow this weekend, swing by the distillery for aprés cocktails and check out some of our other distillery-only exclusives!


Weekend plans include:☃️⛷🏂🏔🍸

After a long day enjoying all the fresh snow in Vermont, what’s your go-to aprés cocktail to unwind with?


A bold, expressive Manhattan, deserving of the barrel-proof Kingdom Strength moniker.

This memorable Manhattan features our limited release Kingdom Strength Tom Cat, for when you need a little extra oomph. Try mixing one up at home, or enjoy it at the distillery.

Kingdom Manhattan
2oz Kingdom Strength Tom Cat
1oz Carpano Antica
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice // strain into a Nick & Nora cocktail glass // garnish with a Luxardo cherry🍒


Pantone just announced their Color of the Year - Viva Magenta. They describe it as a shade rooted in nature and expressive of a new signal of strength.

Oddly enough, that’s exactly how we describe the boldly aromatic, winter spiced Thornhill Spritz.

Thornhill Spritz
1oz Barr Hill Vodka
.75oz Elderberry Cordial
.25oz Cynar
.25oz Ginger syrup
.5oz Fresh lime juice
Absinthe rinse

Rinse a wine glass with absinthe and discard // Shake remaining ingredients with ice // double strain into wine glass over fresh ice // top with dry sparkling wine


Here's Lookin at Yuzu🍋

When our bartenders play in the “science bin” at Gin Lane, delicious things happen!🔥

Here’s Lookin at Yuzu🍋
Barr Hill Gin I Sake I Yuzu cordial I Yellow Chartreuse I Zirbenz Stone Pine I Kumquat tincture I Yuzu air

The light, citrusy air provides a soft welcome to the spirit forward, herbaceous martini waiting underneath.

Swing by Gin Lane this week for a sip.🥂

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FYI: the N/A mocktail menu at the distillery is looking pretty delicious lately. Whether or not you’re doing Dry January, you don’t want to miss these!

From left to right👇

🌺Hibiscus Byebiscus🌺
Hibiscus I Cranberry I Orange I Lemongrass I Lemon I Seltzer

🥕Wascally Wabbit🥕
Local carrot shrub I Ginger I Orange I Lime I Seltzer

🫖Sucker Punch🫖
Lapsang tea I Orange I Lemon I Barr Hill Tonic

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Made from real cinchona bark, Barr Hill Tonic Syrup is the concentrated flavor base of our house tonic water. The cinchona bark creates a stunning amber color for a G&T that’s uniquely flavorful, smooth and aromatic.

Available now at the distillery or for delivery on our website.👇

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Hygge, in Danish and Norwegian, translates to a mood of coziness and "comfortable conviviality" with feelings of wellness and contentment.

Hygge, in English, translates to a Barr Hill French 75 with a plush blanket on a cozy Friday night in.😊🥂

Barr Hill French 75
1.5oz Barr Hill Gin
.75oz Simple (or honey) syrup
.75oz Fresh lemon juice
Sparkling wine to top🍾

Shake everything but the wine with ice // double strain into a flute // top with sparkling wine

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National Hot Toddy Day is here just in time to cure your winter blues.☃️

Whether you're enjoying a classic Toddy or your own rendition, Tom Cat’s rich oak spice and soft honeyed notes make it the perfect choice. Enjoy one of our favorite variations below.👇

Hot Off the Press
1oz Tom Cat Gin
1oz Amaro CioCaro (or amaro of choice)
6oz Apple cider🍎
1oz Fresh orange juice🍊
.5oz Honey syrup🍯
1 cinnamon stick

Add Tom Cat and amaro to mug // heat remaining ingredients separately // pour into mug and stir // garnish with a cinnamon stick

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Looking to cut back for Dry (or Damp) January? That’s no reason to cut back on flavor.

Bee’s Teas
2oz Chilled tea (brew it strong!)
.75oz Honey syrup
.75oz Fresh lemon juice

Brew and chill tea of choice (double up on the teabags to brew it strong) // shake everything with ice // double strain into a cocktail glass // garnish with a lemon twist

Check out the link below for 9 easy to make low-to-no ABV cocktail and mocktail recipes.🥂

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A light and ethereal take on eggnog, with all the warming spices of the season. Cozy up at Gin Lane with a Snoggin’ Season this weekend.

Snoggin’ Season
1.5oz Barr Hill Vodka
.5oz Dark Rum
.5oz Velvet Falernum
.5oz Cinnamon Maple Syrup
.5oz Cream
.25oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White

Dry Shake // Shake with Ice // Double strain into a cocktail glass // Garnish with fresh grated cinnamon and nutmeg

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Whether you're doing Dry, Damp or full-fledged Ginuary, we’ve got the recipes for you.

Check out the link below for 9 of our favorite resolution-worthy mocktails and low-ABV cocktails to get you started fresh in the new year.🥂

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Holiday Hours Update:

We’re staying open late tonight for our first NYE Party, if you haven’t gotten tickets yet, they will be available at the door! Doors open at 4pm and music starts at 7pm.🙌🥂

After today, we’ll be closed January 1st - 3rd for a little recharge time, then back to regular hours starting Wednesday, January 4th. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we're looking forward to celebrating with you all tonight!💃🕺

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LAST CHANCE📣 for NYE early bird pricing!🍾

We’re staying open late to party into the night and ring in the New Year with you! Details below👇

✨ Tickets are $15 adv/$20 day of (tomorrow!)
✨ Ticket price includes 1 complimentary cocktail or mocktail & a sparkling midnight toast
✨ Doors open at 4pm, music starts at 7pm

Day of tickets will be available at the door, but check out the link below for early bird pricing.🐝

Saturday is also the last day of our May All Bee Fed campaign. For every jar of Barr Hill Raw Honey 🍯 purchased (in-store or online) we’re donating a meal to the Vermont Foodbank. We’re also hosting a canned food drive Saturday to help even more families in need. If you’re able to contribute, please bring something to donate.

Who's ready to toast to the New Year?!🥂


Golden Ticket⭐️🎟

We’ve got a Golden Ticket for you!⭐️🎟

Except it's a decadent, dark chocolate 🍫 laced Tom Cat Manhattan. And the gold leaf cherry on top is, well, the cherry on top.🍒

✨Golden Ticket✨
Tom Cat Reserve Gin I Bourbon I Dark chocolate I Cocchi Vermouth di Torino I Black walnut bitters I Angostura bitters I Golden cherry

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Want to make your holidays sparkle? Put a festive spin on the classic French 75!🥂🐝

Hive 75
1.5oz Barr Hill Gin
.75oz Honey syrup
.75oz Fresh lemon juice
Hard cider of choice

Shake gin, honey syrup and lemon juice with ice // double strain into a flute glass // top with hard cider

If you're entertaining, batch it all ahead of time and make hosting a breeze. The recipe below makes 8 cocktails:

12oz Barr Hill Gin
6oz Honey syrup
6oz Fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or clean jar; store in the fridge to chill. To serve, pour over ice and top with hard cider.


Attention Vermont friends: the weather outside is frightful and there’s no power at the distillery.

We will not be opening today. Stay safe and we apologize for any inconvenience.

We’re hoping to open tomorrow (Saturday) from 12-4pm. Check back here for updates.

Happy holidays,
Your friends at Barr Hill🐝

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Last chance for ✨FREE SHIPPING!✨ Whether entertaining or gifting, share the holiday spirit with your hive.🐝

Barr Hill spirits are available for delivery in most of the country. Take advantage of free shipping on orders over $50 when you use the code FREESHIP22 at checkout. Offer ends Friday, 12/23. Tap the link below!👇

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Closed - Congrats Alex Meyer🎉
✨Giveaway✨ Win 2 free tickets to a behind-the-scenes distillery tour for you and a friend!

All you have to do is:
❤️Like this post
👍Follow us at Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits
🐝Tag a few friends in the comments you’d want to bring on the tour with you
✨Share this post for an extra entry

We’ll pick one winner at random Friday, December 23rd at noon. Tickets are redeemable for any scheduled tour available, offered weekly.

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National Honey Day is as good a reason as any to celebrate this delicious natural nectar from our favorite pollinator pals.🐝

From cocktails, mocktails, tea or cookies, Barr Hill Raw Honey is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And to sweeten the deal, we’re donating a meal to the Vermont Foodbank for every jar of raw honey sold (online or in-store) during the holiday season!🍯

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The weather outside is frightful, but this Tom Cat Hot Toddy is delightful!☃️🔥

2oz Tom Cat
.5oz Raw honey
.5oz Fresh lemon juice
Cinnamon stick and/or cloves
Hot water to top

Looking for ways to spice it up? Try using tea instead of hot water; chai, earl gray, rooibos, what's your favorite?🫖


Tom Cat Kingdom Strength

Transport yourself to the Barr Hill barrel room with the new Tom Cat Kingdom Strength; our boldest expression yet.

The barrel strength offers a behind the scenes, straight from the barrel, glimpse into the work that goes on in the barrel room every day. It’s a tough job, we swear!😉

Our distillers can’t wait to share it with you, pick up a bottle for yourself and anyone on your gift list. Only at Gin Lane!🥃

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In 2011 we began distilling Barr Hill Gin in one of the most beautiful agricultural regions on Earth - the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Tom Cat Kingdom Strength is an homage to our birthplace and the rugged spirit of the land that inspires our work everyday; bold and unbridled.

Kingdom Strength boasts full-bodied, barrel strength spice aromas with a hint of vanilla and smoky oak. A touch of juniper cuts through with bright citrus and cedar aromatics. This small batch release is available only at the distillery on Gin Lane and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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Fresh out of the barrel - Kingdom Strength is our boldest, most distinct Tom Cat expression yet.🥃

Bottled at 113 proof, Kingdom Strength provides a full-bodied, barrel strength experience, unique in character and strength, that captures the spirit of our home place.

Available now; exclusively at the distillery on Gin Lane.

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Under the tree or in a G&T, America’s most awarded gin always stands out.🐝

In search of a gift idea? Barr Hill spirits deliver to most of the country, and shipping is ✨FREE✨ for a limited time on all online orders over $50 with the code FREESHIP22. Check out the link below to shop now.🥂

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On this day, 89 years ago, Prohibition was lifted. Repeal Day celebrates a return to America's rich history of craft distillation and fermentation. We’re proud to carry on that tradition today at Barr Hill.

Raise a glass and enjoy your right to imbibe with ✨FREE SHIPPING✨ on all Barr Hill Spirits for a limited time on orders over $50. Tap the link below to share the holiday cheer with your hive!🥂🐝

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Life lessons from George Bluth Sr.:

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand😉
Tom Cat Gin
Coffee Cardamaro☕️
Oloroso sherry
Ancho pepper🌶
Giffard Banana Liqueur🍌
Chipotle & Cacao Bitters

This twist on a Tom Cat Manhattan envelops you in a warm embrace, with a rich, lingering finish. No need to burn down the banana stand, just come visit us at the distillery to try one.🥂


How to make a remarkable G&T

What’s the secret to a remarkable G&T?

Real tonic! Tonic water, as you’re probably used to seeing it, is essentially a quinine soda, originally taken medicinally to help treat malaria, hence the name tonic. Quinine is a chemical compound extracted from the bark of cinchona trees.

While most tonic waters available today simply use a quinine extract, we hand crafted the best tasting tonic made from real cinchona bark and spices carefully selected to complement the botanical depth of our award winning Barr Hill Gin.

This Tonic Syrup is the concentrated flavor base of our tonic water, all you need to add is gin, seltzer and a lemon or lime wedge. Real cinchona bark lends a rich amber color for a G&T that is distinctive, smooth and aromatic.

Our Barr Hill Tonic Syrup is only available at the distillery or on our website at the link below. Pick up a bottle for yourself or a G&T loving friend and taste the difference!

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Let’s double down!🍯

Today only, we’re doubling donations to the Vermont Foodbank. That’s TWO meals for every jar of Barr Hill Raw Honey sold during Giving Tuesday! Grab a sweet treat for yourself and stocking stuffers for your whole hive while helping families in need this holiday season.🐝

Available at the distillery or online👇

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After a long weekend resting and relaxing, Phyllis, Ramona, Irene and Sheri are excited to get the gin flowing all week.

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Looking for gift ideas for the cocktail lovers in your life?

Find thoughtfully curated treats for your hive this , in-store and online.

A few ideas:
Maple Vodka🍁 - limited release; distillery only
Barr Hill Tonic Syrup - now delivers!
Raw honey - each jar sold = a meal for the Vermont Foodbank
Cozy Barr Hill flannel made by The Vermont Flannel Company
Nips! - stocking stuffers for the whole (21+) hive🐝
Barware, glassware & more🥂

Visit the distillery or check out the link below for more.

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Cheers to a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Barr Hill.🐝

The bar and distillery shop will be closed today to spend time with our family and loved ones. We’ll be open regular hours Friday (12-9pm) and joined in the evening by our friends from Paprika Catering Company.

Take a break from turkey leftovers with a delicious Argentinian empanada pop-up or join us for behind-the-scenes distillery tours, available Friday and Saturday! Sign up at the link below:

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Right about the time you start regretting going back for a second slice of pie, you’ll be grateful you batched these Black Cat Negronis ahead of time!

This smooth, bittersweet Negroni variation makes a remarkable digestivo after your Thanksgiving feast.

What is a digestivo? Traditionally it's a bittered liqueur or cocktail consumed at the end of a multi-course meal to aid in, you guessed it, digestion!

Black Cat Negroni
Barr Hill Tom Cat - 10oz
Cynar - 5oz
Sweet vermouth - 5oz
Water - 4
Orange twist to garnish

Combine everything in a clean, empty bottle and store in the freezer to chill. This recipe makes 7 cocktails and fits in a standard 750mL bottle.

Batch the Black Cat Negroni ahead of time to unwind and digest after your Thanksgiving celebrations!

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Don’t let the Thanksgiving cocktails be an afterthought. This Cranberry Thyme Bee’s Knees makes a bright, refreshing pairing for your holiday celebrations.🥂

Cranberry Thyme Bee’s Knees
2oz Barr Hill Gin
.5oz Unsweetened cranberry juice
1oz Honey syrup
.75oz Fresh lemon juice
2-3 Sprigs fresh thyme

Shake all ingredients with ice // double strain into a coupe glass // garnish with fresh thyme

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Thank you for a great Bee's Knees Week
You’re invited!🐝



116 Gin Lane
Montpelier, VT

Opening Hours

Monday 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday 4pm - 8pm
Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Friday 2pm - 9pm
Saturday 12pm - 9pm
Sunday 12pm - 7pm

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