Saturday, December 17th at 12pm

Location: Independent Distilling Company

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/11/16

Georgia’s First Bierschnaps Collaboration from

Independent Distilling Company and Three Taverns Brewery


ATLANTA (December 8, 2016) – Independent Distilling Company (IDC), in collaboration with their neighbors at Three Taverns Brewery, have created Georgia’s first Bierschnaps, which is a traditional German spirit made by distilling beer. In this case, the beer was Three Tavern’s 2014 Feest Noel Christmas Ale that is made from 100 percent malted barley with Belgian dark candy sugar and spiced with cardamom, allspice and cloves. This one-of-a-kind offering is being released as part of IDC’s “Outlier” series of experimental and limited-edition products on Saturday, December 17, from noon to 5 p.m. at IDC’s tasting room, with a limited amount being made available to restaurants and retail locations.


“I got an email from Three Taverns’ Brewmaster Joran Van Ginderachter asking if we were interested in distilling some of their Feest Noel,” said Independent Distilling owner Michael Anderson. “I said absolutely, but I’ve never heard of anyone distilling a spiced beer, so that’s going to be a wildcard.”


“Community is a big part of my life and was a catalyst for me in my exploration of beer. It’s something I wanted Three Taverns to be about since day  one and what makes projects like this so meaningful to me,” said Brian Purcell, founder and CEO of Three Taverns Craft Brewery. “We love what Independent Distilling is doing and to be able to work with them as neighbors and friends, and create something new, is really special.”


Hence, Outlier No 3 was born. Anderson used his 100-gallon copper pot still to transform the brew into an amazing distilled spirit and the first of its kind here in Georgia. With herbal vanilla aromas that evolve on the palate into cinnamon, cardamom and mace that are beautifully balanced with oak, the finish is long with subtle spice and a hint wood.


“Being small allows us the opportunity to do these types of one-offs and collaborative experiments and give people something they’ve never had before,” said Anderson. “In this case, a simple question from the other side of the parking lot has resulted in a truly exceptional spirit that I think people are going to be blown away by.”


Distillery Release

On Saturday, December 17, from noon to 5 p.m., Independent Distilling will be open for tours, tastings and souvenir bottles of the Outlier No 3 Bierschnaps Limited Edition for $50. Limited distribution is available through Savannah Distributing.


About Independent Distilling Company

Out of a passion for authentic, time-honored spirits, Independent Distilling Company (IDC) was formed in 2013 in Decatur, Georgia and quickly launched IDC’s popular Hellbender Corn Whiskey. IDC’s devotion to the distilling process of artisanal spirits from mashing to final bottling displays their commitment to genuine spirits. IDC currently produces Hellbender Corn Whiskey, Hellbender Bourbon and Independent Rum in addition to experimental releases and collaborative efforts.


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Tours and Tasting Room:

Tastings and tours with souvenir bottles available take place every Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Private tours and events are also available.