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Continuum Distilling Charred PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Continuum Distilling Charred
Continuum Distilling Charred created by Continuum Distilling, founded in 2019 and based out of Waterbury, Connecticut, is a delectable dark spirit made from local Connecticut Craft brown ales, stouts, and porters. Continuum Distilling is the brainchild of Head Distiller Brandon Collins, Jim Baranowski, brothers Tom and Jason Sobocinski, and Master Brewer Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing, who have partnered to create a unique and very tasty flagship spirit which they refer to a "beer whiskey." Crafted in small batches, the Batch Number is handwritten on each on bottle.

Continuum Distilling CharredProduct Information: Continuum Distilling Charred, is their "flagship "beer whiskey" made from brown ales, stouts, and porters. Aged on local wood staves for a round rich toasted flavor," Charred is a unique bold spirit, has a rich-amber color, 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof), and each bottle proudly bears its handwritten batch number on the front of the bottle. Charred retails for $35 for a 375 ml bottle and $55 for a 750 ml bottle.  

Bottle notes: "Through our partnership with local craft breweries, we are dedicated to distilling exceptional, unique spirits with minimal use of raw materials, utilizing repurposed items/equipment, and limiting water consumption. Pour yourself a drink and Maintain the Continuum."  

Tasting Notes: Our bottle of Continuum Distilling Charred proudly bears the handwritten batch number, 001. It has a beautiful amber color like liquid burnished gold. On the nose there is a hint of sweetness, with toffee, caramel, and toasted nuts. On the palate, there is hint of sweetness, and vibrant, lively, and bold flavors of stout, caramel, and toasted almonds that meld for a memorable long finish. Continuum Distilling Charred is perfect to sip neat or add a little water to release its rich essence, or to create handcrafted fabulous cocktails.  

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating some incredibly special handcrafted cocktail and culinary recipes to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Continuum Distilling Charred.  

Luxury Experience - Continuum Distilling Charred Cocktail and Culinary Menu  

 

The Cocktail Menu
Luxury Experience - Charred to a T
Luxury Experience - Waterbury Bridge
Luxury Experience - Mulish 

 

The Culinary Menu
Luxury Experience - Charred Portabella "Burger" with Spirited Tomato Relish

 

Cocktail Recipes

Luxury Experience - Charred to a T - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Charred to a T is a delectable blend of Continuum Distilling Charred, Plain-T Detox Lemon, Mint, Ginger Tea, and homemade lemon simple syrup. The perfect summertime cocktail, Luxury Experience - Charred to a T will be a bar or backyard favorite and is a refreshingly modern take on "Afternoon Tea."  

Luxury Experience - Charred to a T 
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Highball Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients: 
 

2.0

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Charred

4

Ounces

Plain-T Detox Lemon, Mint, Ginger Tea

0.75

Ounce

Homemade Lemon Simple Syrup

 

 

Lemon Slice, garnish

Method for the Homemade Lemon Simple Syrup:  Remove peel from 1 lemon. Add to a saucepan with 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil until liquid is clear. Remove from heat and let sit until syrup is cool. Remove the peels from the syrup and strain syrup into a glass jar and refrigerate syrup until ready to use.  (Note: Syrup lasts several weeks and can be used to sweeten cocktails and other beverages, brush on fruit and grill, or add to your favorite marinade.)

What to do with the Peels: Place lemon peels from the syrup on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in a 200-degree Fahrenheit oven until thoroughly dried. Let cool on baking rack. Place dried lemon peels and some sugar in a blender and blend to create homemade lemon sugar, perfect for rimming cocktails or added to tea. 

Method for the Cocktail: Add ice to a highball glass. Set aside. In a mixing glass, add the Continuum Distilling Charred, Plain-T Detox Lemon, Mint, Ginger Tea, and lemon simple syrup. Stir and pour into highball glass. Garnish with a lemon slice. (Adjust syrup to taste if desired.)  

Luxury Experience - Waterbury Bridge - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience -Waterbury Bridge 

Luxury Experience - Waterbury Bridge is our playful reference to the location of the Continuum Distillery in Waterbury, Connecticut and bridge is a reference to its origin of bridging beer and whiskey. Luxury Experience - Waterbury Bridge is a delicious combination of Continuum Distilling Charred, CT craft IPA, orange juice, and agave.  

Luxury Experience - Waterbury Bridge
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks Glass

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

1.5

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Charred

1.5

Ounces

CT Craft IPA (India Pale Ale)

1

Ounce

Orange Juice

1

Teaspoon

Agave

1

 

Orange peel, garnish

Method for the Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, stir and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Luxury Experience - Mulish is a nod to the Moscow Mule, which is made with vodka, ginger beer, and a squeeze of lime. Luxury Experience - Mulish is made with Continuum Distilling Charred, Grand Marnier, Gosling Ginger Beer, and a squeeze of lime for a very tasty cocktail. 

Luxury Experience - Mulish - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Mulish
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

1.5

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Charred

0.5

Ounces

Grand Marnier

2

Ounces

Gosling Ginger Beer

1

Squeeze

Fresh Lime Juice

 

 

Lime wedge, garnish

Method for the Cocktail:  Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir. Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. (Note: Ginger Beer is a soda, and the flavor and intensity of different brands vary greatly. For best results, we recommend using Gosling Ginger Beer for this cocktail recipe.) 

Culinary Recipes 

Luxury Experience - Portabella Burger - photo by Luxury Experience


Continuum Distilling Charred makes a great addition to culinary recipes, and proves its mettle as an admirable companion.  

Luxury Experience - Charred Portabella "Burger" with Spirited Tomato Relish. 

Luxury Experience - Charred Portabella "Burger" 

Luxury Experience - Charred Portabella "Burger" Ingredients:
 

2

Large

Portabella Mushroom Caps, stems removed

0.5

Ounce

Continuum Distilling Charred

2

Ounces

Butter, softened

 

 

Frantoio Di Santa Téa Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (Green Olives EVOO)

 

 

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method for the Portabella "Burger": Blend Continuum Distilling Charred with the softened butter. Brush the cap side of the mushroom with the olive oil. Spread the butter mixture on the underside of the mushroom. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a grill pan, add the portabella mushrooms cap side down, cook for 1 minute, then turn cap over to cook the underside. The mushroom "burger" will be nice and juicy.  

Presentation: Toast a roll, top with portabella mushroom "burger" and finish with Luxury Experience - Spirited Tomato Relish. Add lettuce and tomato to plate if desired.  

Luxury Experience - Spirited Tomato Relish is our tasty relish made with Continuum Distilling Charred, grape tomatoes, Spanish olives, garlic, golden raisins, capers, Frantoio Di Santa Téa Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (Green Olives EVOO), maple syrup, and fresh flat leaf parsley. Make ahead and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Luxury Experience - Spirited Tomato Relish
Yield: 1.5 cups 

Ingredients:

2

Cups

Grape Tomatoes

0.25

Cup

Spanish Olives with Pimentos

3

Cloves

Garlic

0.33

Cup

Golden Raisins

1

Teaspoon

Capers

2

Tablespoons

Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley, chopped

3

Tablespoons

Frantoio Di Santa Téa Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (Green Olives EVOO)

1

Teaspoon

Maple Syrup

2

Ounces

Continuum Distilling Charred

 

 

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method for the Tomato Relish: Heat a saucepan, add the olive oil, then tomatoes and garlic cloves and cook over medium heat until tomatoes are blistered. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 1-minute. Place ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture is coarsely chopped to create the relish. Place in a glass jar in the refrigerator and store until ready to use. 

Note: The relish can be made 1-day ahead to allow flavors to meld. The relish also makes a great topping for bruschetta.  

Continuum Distilling - Drops, Charred, ContinuRum

We hope that you enjoy trying Luxury Experience's cocktail and culinary recipes, and that they inspire you to create your own recipes. Cheers! 

Continuum Distilling Exceptional Craft Spirits Product Line:   

Charred, their flagship "beer whiskey" made from brown ales, stouts & porters. Aged on local wood staves for a rich toasted flavor. 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof), available in 375 ml ($30 bottle) and 750 ml ($55) bottles. 

Drops, distilled from CT crafted IPAs, double-distilled and unaged, which gives it its characteristic "floral, bright and hoppy flavor" with hop forward nose, herbaceous, citrus, and floral notes. 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof). Drops retails for $35 for a 750 ml bottle. 

RELIEF Drops - Continuum DistillingRead about Continuum Distilling Drops with more great Luxury Experience's Culinary and Cocktail Recipes in the Liquor Cabinet section. 

RELIEF Drops, limited release spirit created for CONTINUUM BREWERY PARTNER RELIEF FUND. "We want to help our brewery partners during this unprecedented time by offering some RELIEF. $10 from each bottle of RELIEF will be put into our CT Brewery Relief Fund and donated back to the breweries who helped us make this special spirit. Our hope is that we can stop the dumping of great CT Craft beer into our waterways and help our partners in brewing who are in need." RELIEF Drops are available in 750 ml bottles and retails for $35 bottle or $100 for 3 bottles. 

ContinuRum, a unique craft rum, made with 100% blackstrap molasses. 45% alcohol (90 proof), available in 750 ml at $30 bottle. 

Continuum Distilling Team
Head Distiller Brandon Collins, jim Baronowski,
Jason Sobocinski, Tyler Jones, Tom Sobocinski

Background Information on Continuum Distilling 

"Usually distiller's beer is comprised of only the most basic grains with the purpose of extracting the most sugar possible to obtain an optimal efficient conversion into alcohol.  We discovered that there are multiple steps in the brewing process where ingredients, such as sugars, fermented out beer with yeast in suspension, and flavorful solids can all be recouped and repurposed for distilling.  It would be extremely expensive to attempt to recreate these flavors as beers and distill them for a spirit, but when these delicious compounds can be utilized using disposed waste or "trimmings" from the brew process...that is when sustainability and innovation marry to make something exceptional! Continuum strives to be resourceful in our process by minimizing our usage of raw materials, repurposing items/equipment for the distilling and aging process and limiting our water consumption to produce truly unique and exceptional spirits with as little footprint as possible."  

For more information on Continuum Distilling, purchasing their products, or visiting them in Waterbury, Connecticut, please call them at +1-203-725-3291 or visit their website: www.ContinuumDistilling.com 

Continuum Distilling - Waterbury, CT, USA

Continuum Distilling
2066 Thomaston Avenue (next to Brass Works Brewing)
Waterbury, Connecticut 06704
United States
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