March 28th kicks off the first installment of “America on the Rocks: Local Spirits and Cheese,” a first-of-its kind tasting event organized by Rhys & Rylee, a New York City-based producer of handcrafted vermouths. The pairing series, set to be held at Murray’s Cheese Shop on Bleecker Street, will celebrate artisanal New York State spirits while pairing them with a range of cheeses curated by the city’s most famous cheese-monger. Although it seems unusual to pair cheeses with vermouth, as it is much more common to pair cheese with beer or wine, vermouth, a type of aromatized wine, has a distinctive, robust flavor that pairs very nicely with cheese.
Launching this new series is the creator of market newcomer Atsby New York Vermouth and founder of Rhys & Rylee, Adam Ford. Hailed as “new vermouth” pioneer, Adam will use the event as a way to springboard vermouth into the general public’s cocktail glasses. Very different from its European variant, the “new vermouth” can be drank as either a stand-alone beverage or in a cocktail. During the pairing, Ford will also discuss the locally sourced, high-quality ingredients used in Atsby vermouth. Also in attendance will be fellow spirit-maker, Ralph Erenzo, Founding Owner and Distiller of Hudson Valley’s Tuthilltown Spirits, the first whiskey to be legally distilled in New York State since before Prohibition and resident cheese expert, Jordan Zimmerman, the Associate Manager of Education at Murray’s.
The sold out, first event of the series will include:
- Atsby Amberthorn Vermouth and Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese
- Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey and Landaff Cheese
- Dry Manhattan Cocktail (Atsby Amberthorn Vermouth and Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey) and Tarentaise Cheese
- Atsby Armadillo Cake Vermouth and C Local Cheese
- Hudson New York Corn Whiskey and Winnimere Cheese
- “Moonlit Armadillo” Cocktail (Atsby Armadillo Cake Vermouth and Hudson New York Corn Whiskey) and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
For more information about upcoming “America on the Rocks: Local Spirits and Cheese” check out the Murray’s Cheese Shop website.