Making their Mark: Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) —
Rhode Island is known for many things.
For the last few hundred years, whiskey was not one of them.
Then, Sons of Liberty came along.
“Over the last three years it's been, I think, 77 awards in international blind tastings,” said Mike Reppucci, owner and founder of Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. “So, we were the first craft distillery ever to get a world's best designation out of London.”
He added, “And then this year, we were named craft distillery of the year, and an icon of whiskey, by Whiskey Magazine.”
Considering there are about 1,400 other craft distilleries in the United States, it is a huge honor for the South Kingstown company, which has crafted a unique approach to distilling whiskey.
“So, it turns out whiskey is a beer that's been distilled,” said Reppucci. “So, when I learned that, I'm like, 'Dude, why is no one brewing the beers I love and turning them into whiskey?'”
He went on to say, “We really brew the best beers we can and then we just allow that to shine through in whiskey.”
Launching Sons of Liberty was a huge risk for the Rhode Island native, who decided to leave a career in finance eight years ago.
“Sons of Liberty is the spirit of the brand,” said Reppucci. “I want people to come in and say, ‘This kid quit his job and followed his passion, I want to do that.’”
Since selling their first bottle in 2011, Sons of Liberty has seen rapid growth, in part, because whiskey and craft spirits are exploding in popularity.
In addition to beer and whiskey, the distillery is also making its own vodka and gin -- all of which you can sample in their newly expanded tasting room.
“I think people have a hard time believing that world-class whiskey is being made in Rhode Island,” said Reppucci. “They're like, ‘Really, what? You do it here?’ So, they come, they see, they believe, they taste -- and then they can be kind of our marketing team.”
As for the future?
Sons of Liberty is looking to expand to a few more states, but they're going to keep their focus on producing great whiskey for the folks that got them this far.
“We've been blessed in Rhode Island to have people support made in Rhode Island,” said Reppucci. “We're such a small state, but we're super proud.”
The Sons of Liberty tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday. The distillery also offers guided tours.
To learn more or to find out where-to-buy to find a distributor near you, click here.
You can find their products in liquor stores throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.