July 21, 2019
For Immediate Release
Roger Branon Rodriguez
VERMONT COMPANY RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL BURSARY AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE NON-ALCOHOLIC MAPLE APERITÍF
WOODNOSE Cofounders Roger & Justin Branon Rodriguez received international recognition from London-based Distill Ventures (DV), the world’s first independent drinks accelerator. DV provides investment and support for startups and entrepreneurs who want to create the global drinks brands of the future. DV is best known for discovering Seedlip, the worlds first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. DV’s non-alcoholic bursary program launched in 2017, in which five entrepreneurs were granted a monetary bursary award to develop a non-alcoholic beverage. This year’s program once again chose five entrepreneurs, including Woodnose.
Woodnose LLC is a founder-led business, created by entrepreneurs Roger & Justin Branon Rodriguez. Justin was born and raised on a 7th generation Vermont maple sugar farm. Roger, a U.S.A.F. veteran, was raised in Hawaii and has spent time in Alaska and Korea. Together they posed the question: what would maple taste like without the sweet?
Their beverage, called “SACRÉ”, offers a unique, flavorful, one-of-a-kind drinking experience, focusing less on the sweet, and more on those other, mysterious maple flavors: woody, earthy aromas, tangy-sweet front notes, floral, mellow and warm maple middle notes, finishing with a hint of spice and bitterness.
“We couldn’t be more thankful to Distill Ventures for selecting Woodnose to become a part of their bursary program. Their invaluable experience with over 15 founder-led brands around the world helped bring our zero-proof aperitíf to market.”