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July 21, 2019

For Immediate Release

Roger Branon Rodriguez
802-825-8182
roger@woodnosedrinks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodnose’s newest non-alcoholic beverage, Sacré, featured In Rachael Ray’s In Season Magazine

{Bakersville, VT} – Woodnose’s newest non-alcoholic beverage, Sacré, is featured in Rachael Ray’s In Season Magazine, Holiday 2020 issue. Sacré was one of only four showcased in the feature, “Spiritless Is More: Four New Alcohol-Free Spirits That Are Shaking Up The Mocktail World.”

The piece describes Sacré as, “Made by a husband-and-husband duo on a maple syrup farm in Vermont, this tangy, earthy spirit contains fair-trade coffee and fermented syrup aged in bourbon barrels.”

Co-founder Roger Branon Rodriguez says Sacré is, “a mysteriously flavored non-alcoholic aperitif unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. Sacré takes you on a flavor journey.”

“Sacré was born out of our desire to elevate maple from its humble origins,” Branon Rodriguez says, “My husband, Justin’s, family is a sixth-generation Vermont maple producer. We were interested in blending this fermented maple in a way to take it in a different direction other than sweet.”

The fermentation process uses an heirloom mother of vinegar, and the process is completed in bourbon barrels. Then the aged, fermented maple is blended with artisanal coffee and fresh maple syrup.


“Fermented maple syrup alone doesn’t have the right mouthfeel or lasting flavor desired from a complex beverage, so coffee seemed like the perfect, albeit unusual pairing.” Branon Rodriguez adds that the coffee is sourced from a family-owned business, “Coffee Coffee,” which has repeatedly been voted Harford County, Maryland’s Best. “Coffee Coffee was an indispensable source of information regarding brewing techniques, coffee beans, and flavor,” he says.

Sacré is one of the few non-alcoholic beverages made in the USA. The family is passionate about sustainably, ethically farming their 4,000+ acre maple orchard. “Organic maple farming means much more than choosing not to use pesticides and fertilizers,” Branon Rodriguez says. The tubing used to carry sap to the sugarhouse does not damage the trees in any way. Nailing any hardware into the tree trunk is not done. In addition, the conventional practice of using toxic paint to mark trees is not done. Toxic chemicals are forbidden in the boiling process, and the sugarhouse is free of toxic cleaners.

American writer and bartender Derek Brown, known as a leader in the mocktail movement, discovered Sacré one night when he was patronizing in The Getaway Bar, a nonalcoholic bar in Brooklyn, NY. He recommended Sacré to Julia Bainbridge, the In Season writer, who was also previously with Bon Appetit.

Sacré has also been featured in SevenFiftyDaily’s “Meet the New Generation of Nonalcoholic Spirits” (August 2020); and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s, “3 New Nonalcoholic Spirits For Your Home Bar.” (July 2020).

Media Contact: Roger Branon Rodriguez, Co-Founder Woodnose
Company: Woodnose
Web Site: woodnosedrinks.com
Email Address: roger@woodnosedrinks.com
Phone Number: 802-825-8182
Focus Keyword(s): non-alcoholic beverage, fermented maple beverage

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PRESS RELEASE
July 21, 2019

For Immediate Release

Roger Branon Rodriguez
802-825-8182
roger@woodnosedrinks.com

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.” 

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