From tree to the bottle: Palisade distillery puts whole pears in brandy bottles

PALISADE - Peach Street Distillers, which is located in Palisade, a part of western Colorado known for its vast fruit orchards, wineries and, of course, peaches, makes something unique with one of its spirits.

The small-batch distillery makes a pear brandy that has a whole pear grown in the bottle.

In May, bottles were attached to trees at Fuller Orchards, where they stayed all summer.

The pear bottles were "harvested," with full-grown pears inside, in September.

They will be filled with Pear Brandy and sold at various locations across Colorado.

Peach Street Distillers have been creating these special Pear Brandy bottles for nearly six years. About 1,000 of these bottles are produced every year.

Each bottle of Pear Brandy is made from about 20 pounds of pears. According to their website, the distillery uses Bartlett pears that are too ripe to go to market. This is about 200,000 pounds of pears.

From there, the pears are open-air fermented and distilled once. Then they are aged in 60-gallon French and American oak barrels.

Learn more about Peach Street Distillers: http://bit.ly/28qIHLN.

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