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Missouri's Craft Distilleries

One hundred years ago, the 18th Amendment set Prohibition in motion. For thirteen years, until its repeal in 1933, spirit seekers would visit back alleys and speakeasies to get their fix. It was during this time that the first iteration of the cocktail movement began...

J. Rieger’s Hey! Hey! Club Makes a Scaled-Down and Sippable 50-50 Martini

Kansas City has a nostalgic attachment to its Prohibition-era glory days. Many modern bars have subsequently sought to recreate, through rose-colored glasses, the magic of that era. It would have been easy for the Hey! Hey! Club, the premium cocktail bar in the basement of the J. Rieger & Co. Distillery, to follow...

Edelbrand Pure Distilling Brings Home Double Gold

The American Distilling Institute has awarded local Edelbrand Pure Distilling, located near Marthasville, with a Double Gold for its vinars da péra — Williams pear brandy — in its recent 2020 Judging of Craft Spirits...

2020 ADI Judging Awards Announcement

We are proud to share our vinars da péra brought home a Double Gold in ADI's 2020 Judging of Spirits Competition! 

The Modern Bartender’s Top Shelf

We’ve long been conditioned to accept as a canon law that expensive liquor is best sipped neat or on the rocks. It’s a natural, but outmoded notion—one that might be keeping you from finding your next favorite drink...

5 New St. Louis-Area Distilleries to Try Now

Nestled in the countryside outside of Marthasville, Missouri, Edelbrand is the epitome of the small, family-owned and -operated distillery. Edelbrand produces European-style fruit brandies utilizing traditional Swiss distilling methods...

Area Distillery, Wineries Win At Competition

Two area wineries and a distillery won medals at the 13th Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus in Ankeny, Iowa...

Edelbrand Pure Distilling - Tasting Room

Taste Edelbrand Pure Distilling's award-winning European-styled fruit brandies at Robin's Nest on the Katy Trail, Defiance, MO.

If you are new to European-styled fruit brandies, a world of nuanced flavors and aromas awaits you...

2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Finalist | Edelbrand Spirits Recognized at Competition

Edelbrand Pure Distilling, Marthasville, was recently recognized for two of its hand-crafted spirits in the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, an international spirits competi-tion. Edelbrand entered its vinars da vin, grape brandy infused with dill, and its vinars da plogas, plum brandy. Both were awarded points...

Dosakai-Chamomile-Rosé Sorbet | Pair With: Pear Brandy

Bubbles and sorbet are like bread and butter: One elevates the other. A light and simple cocktail topped with sparkling wine is an ideal complement for this floral sorbet. Considering the neutral to slightly bitter, cucumber flavor of dosakai, using pear brandy from Edelbrand Pure Distilling in Marthasville, Missouri, as the cocktail’s base adds a hint of fruitiness as a foil...

Edelbrand Pure Distilling on the Weekly Recap with Matt Wacker

A behind the scenes tour of Edelbrand Pure Distilling, the home of Edelbrand's award-winning vinars...

Lynn DeLean-Weber of Edelbrand Pure Distilling

It’s cold, it’s snowy so you warm your insides and out sitting around a fire with friends sipping vinars. Say what?  Vinars is European-styled fruit brandy made right here in Missouri, and Edelbrand Pure Distilling is the tastemaker behind this beautiful spirit...

2018 Mid-American Wine Competition | Best Spirit Award for Vinars da Péra

Edelbrand vinars da péra wins the Best Spirit Award in the 2018 Mid-American Wine Competition...

2018 Mid-American Wine Competition | Gold Medal for Vinars da Péra

Edelbrand vinars da péra wins a gold medal in the 2018 Mid-American Wine Competition...

2018 Mid-American Wine Competition | Silver Medal for Vinars Tschereschas

Edelbrand vinars tschereschas wins a silver medal in the 2018 Mid-American Wine Competition...

Embracing The Past In Missouri Wine Country

I visited Missouri wine country this past May and loved every moment of my three days there...

Missouri Craft Distillers Guild

The Missouri Craft Distillers Guild was created to bring together our state’s craft distilleries and speak with a unified voice to spread the message that quality and local can go hand in hand...

Rob Vossmeyer of 1220 Spirits Talks Botanical-Inspired Spirits, Amaro and Experimentation in Distilling

Get Rob Vossmeyer talking about cooking, and you’ll soon understand his passion for distilling quality artisan spirits for 1220 Spirits in St. Louis...

The 2018 Washington Cup Results

The Washington Cup Competition has released its final results and out of a field of nearly 100 American made spirits, the Washington Cup judges have bestowed Washington Cups upon five spirits...

Edelbrand Pure Distilling | Customer Spotlight

Located on a former horse farm an hour west of St. Louis just outside of Marthasville, Missouri Lynn DeLean-Weber, her husband Martin Weber and daughter Tess Delean are running a nano distillery producing award-winning European-styled fruit brandies in the Swiss tradition...

2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge | 91 Points for Edelbrand Vinars da Meila

Delicately golden in color, with high-toned apple blossom and green apple skin conveying the purity of this brandy with hints of earthy pomace. Apples and honey on the palate...

2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge | 91 Points for Edelbrand Vinars da Péra

Bright aromas of white pear and green apple and a touch of citrus. Steely texture on the palate lifts the flavors and underlines them. The spicy finish adds to the complexity of this delicious brandy...

Drink: Fruity Kettles

For Martin Weber and Lynn DeLean-Weber, fruit brandy is a family affair. In 2013, the husband and wife team, who own Edelbrand Pure Distilling in Marthasville, Missouri, along with daughter Tess DeLean, decided to experiment with making the vinars... (p.33, 37)

An Editorial Shoot with Edelbrand

In St. Louis, we have a couple of excellent monthly local food magazines.  Last month I did a small shoot for one of them, Feast Magazine, and the images are in the April issue.  I wanted to share a few more images from the session...

You Have to Believe

Lynn’s husband Martin, 58, is Swiss. In Switzerland, if you have a fruit tree in your backyard, you make fruit mash. You take the fruit, mash and ferment it...

Swiss Pear Tart with Edelbrand Plum Brandy

A couple months ago, I went to Marthasville, MO, to visit Edelbrand Pure Distilling. The business, which is owned by Lynn DeLean-Weber, Martin Weber, and their daughter Tess DeLean, makes vinars, or Swiss brandy...

In Marthasville, Edelbrand Pure Distilling Produces Swiss-Style Fruit Brandies

The business is a passion project for husband-wife-and-daughter team Martin Weber, Lynn DeLean-Weber and Tess DeLean.  The trio draws on Weber’s Swiss heritage…

Edelbrand Apple Brandy

Locally made, Edelbrand European-style fruit brandy is handcrafted in the centuries-old Swiss-Romanisch tradition of single-batch distilling…

The Best Food and Drink Events in St. Louis This Weekend: Nov. 3-5

Martin Weber, Master Distiller and Founder, and Owner Lynn DeLean-Weber will be on hand at Intoxicology…

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home Bartender

Who needs a plastic jug of icky eggnog mix and a bottle of rotgut? Certainly not Ladue News readers, for whom the magazine solicited expert recommendations….

On the Shelf: Our November Picks for What to Drink Now

Edelbrand Pure Distilling makes many varieties, but there is truly something special about the Vinars de Plogas, or plum brandy…

Guide to Drinking 2017

Closer to home, award-winning brandy is being made just outside of Marthasville, Missouri. Edelbrand Pure Distilling specializes in fruit brandies…(p.26-27)

The Inns at St. Albans Hosts an Evening of Swiss Holiday Festivities This Friday

The Old Barn Inn in St. Albans is teaming up with local distiller Edelbrand Pure Distilling to serve vinars, alongside traditional Swiss fare…

The 2017 Washington Cup Results

The Washington Cup Competition has released its final results and out of a field of nearly 180 American made spirits, the Washington Cup judges have bestowed Washington Cups upon six spirits...

Family Run Brandy Distillery is Growing

Outside of Marthasville, on a 20-acre farm, Martin Weber, wife Lynn DeLean-Weber and daughter Tess DeLean are making waves in the brandy business…

Mid-American Wine Competition: 2017 Sweepstakes Awards

In the 2017 Mid-American Wine Competition, an event attracting entries from 18 states, Edelbrand vinars da plogas – plum brandy was awarded Best Spirit along with a Gold Medal. Edelbrand Pure Distilling also received two Silver Medals for its Edelbrand vinars d’apricosas – apricot brandy and Edelbrand vinars da vin – grape brandy infused with dill, and a Bronze for Edelbrand vinars da meila – apple brandy infused with plum...

Bon's Bits: Sinskey in St. Lou, Sampling Eau De Vie, Spewing Malaprops

Some folks are initially put off by eaux de vie and their various cousins because…

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