Posted on January 13, 2012

McCutcheon’s Around Town: The Tasting Room

Every time I go into a restaurant or a store and see our products listed in the ingredients or displayed for sale I get a little tingle. It reminds me that we are making products that businesses trust, that customers seek out, and that look at home just about wherever.

That’s why McCutcheon’s Blog is featuring a new article category: McCutcheon’s Around Town! We will seek out the local Maryland businesses that incorporate our products into their services or products of their own. From the leftover apple pumice, we produce from cider pressing to restaurants featuring our products in their recipes, to retailers selling our products, you will get to know them all here. To kick off this exciting new subject, we visited the Tasting Room in downtown Frederick.

The Tasting Room

If you are unfamiliar with the Tasting Room, you have been missing out. Featuring the decor, food, and drink of a modern wine-bar, the Tasting Room crafts locally inspired, high-quality dishes that pair seamlessly with their superb selection of wines. Set on the corner of Market Street and Church Street, the restaurant offers an unparalleled view of downtown with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and intimate dining room.

Chef Jaime Hernandez and bartenders at the tasting room have developed two great recipes featuring our Cloudy Apple Cider: a Cider Braised Duroc Pork Belly and an Apple Pie “Moonshine” cocktail infusion.

The “moonshine” is like drinking pure apple pie. It is apple-y, but not overwhelmingly sweet which makes it go down all the easier. Served in a mason jar with a cherry on top it brings to mind the images of good country folks sitting on their porches drinking their home-brews. The “moonshine” is not technically a moonshine but rather an infused cocktail.  The cider is cooked down and then infused with high-proof liquor, in this case Everclear, and a holiday spice blend (cinnamon, cloves, allspice). It is then chilled, put on ice, and sprinkled with the Bar Keep apple bitters.

According to the Jarret Walsh, manager of the Tasting Room, the Apple Pie “Moonshine” was intended to be a seasonal drink only. But it quickly became their most popular cocktail and has remained a Tasting Room staple ever since.

If you are like me, then you would agree that there is little better in the world than pork. My mouth begins to water at the mention of pork sandwiches, pork roast, pork tenderloin, and now I can add braised pork belly to that list.