It’s no secret that Missouri whiskey is prospering, highlighted by the creation of a unique class of spirits called Missouri Bourbon Whiskey. And the good news continues because now St. Louis’ newest distillery is creating a new spirit, in the spirit of helping others.
Switchgrass Spirits the young, new distillery, is partnering with St. Louis breweries Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, Earthbound, Heavy Riff, Center Ice, Wellspent Brewing Co., Ferguson Brewing, and Perennial Artisan Ales to design a limited edition Common Bond Whiskey that uses beer brewing ingredients to create a single malt whiskey that will be aged for one year in Missouri oak barrels.
The pre-sale of each $45 bottle of Common Bond Single Malt donates fifteen dollars directly to
the Gateway Resilience Fund, which distributes checks to service industry workers who have
missed over a month of regular income due to COVID19. Purchases also provide immediate cash
to breweries to cover operating expenses during this difficult time.
“Distilling whiskey teaches patience, but we knew we needed to move with speed on this project,” explains Nick Colombo, one of the Founding Members of Switchgrass Spirits who spearheaded making hand sanitizer and distributing it to first responders and at-risk communities in St. Louis.
Now Switchgrass Spirits is focusing on the Common Bond charity project to support the service industry which is struggling under COVID19.
Customers will receive a commemorative “Common Bond” certificate from Switchgrass Spirits in the mail reminiscent of a World War II war bond. In one-year customers can redeem their certificate for a special edition bottle of hand-crafted Missouri made whiskey just in time for Father’s Day 2021.
“You don’t have to be a millionaire to make a difference,” Sarah Miller from Switchgrass explains, “we know it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless during this time. We created Common Bond as a way for Saint Louis residents to feel good and get involved indirectly helping their own community with a hopeful eye towards the future.”