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Delaware Distilling Company Products Now Available in Liquor Stores

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Zack King opened Delaware Distilling Company in May 2012.

Next up for Delaware Distilling Company in Rehoboth Beach: wider distribution of its small-batch gin, vodka and rum. That means, in addition to the 50-plus restaurants that serve them now, you’ll soon see DDC products in your local liquor store. But let’s back up just a second. DDC grew out of the former Old Bay Restaurant at 18693 Highway One, which Zack King opened in May 2012. After a year of acquiring permits to operate a distillery on site, King re-named the place Delaware Distilling Company. Think brewpub, but with spirits instead of beers. That means in addition to great crab cake dinners and cioppino, you’ll find specialty cocktails and unique appetizers, such as lump crab served atop a Bloody Mary made with DDC vodka. As for the hooch itself, “It’s done the right way,” King says. That means no additives or artificial ingredients. When you sip a DDC rum, you’ll taste the product of distilled black strap molasses, not the inferior white sugar that many large makers use. “It’s small batch, so a lot more care goes into making it.” (645-8273)