Leopold Bros. Maraschino Liqueur
Good to Know: Leopold Bros. spirits are proudly made with real fruit, and no artificial preservatives. As such, the fruit will naturally oxidize over time. They recommend consuming within 60 days of opening if left open at room temperature. To extend further, place bottle in a refrigerator for up to 120 days.
Leopold Bros. is an independently owned distillery founded by brothers Todd and Scott Leopold. On October 8th 1999, Todd and Scott opened a microbrewery called Leopold Bros. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The brewery and its adjoining taproom quickly became popular for its array of beers, live music, board games, and inviting atmosphere. Above all else, the brewery was well-known for its eco-brewing techniques, organic ingredients, and effective management of water and waste byproducts - the first of its kind in the region. It was not long before the brothers acquired a distilling license in addition to a brewing license. They began making spirits to serve at the brewery starting in 2001.
In the mid-2000s, Todd and Scott relocated Leopold Bros. operations from Michigan to their home state of Colorado to focus solely on distilling. Several years later, Todd and Scott purchased four acres of nearby land to build out their ideal distillery, including systems to create a zero-waste facility by recycling water, composting, and other methods. In addition a larger space to accommodate all their fermenters and stills, the site would also be home to Colorado's first distillery malting floor and kiln, as well as a dunnage-style barrelhouse, a tasting room, and education center. The Leopold Bros. distillery as it stands today opened in 2014.
First prepared by 13th century Italian monks as herbal medicines and elixirs, Liqueurs are distilled spirits that have been combined with flavoring agents. A range of herbs, spices, nuts, fruits and flowers can be used, and a sweetener such as sugar or corn syrup is often added. While typically rather sweet, some examples are herbaceous or tart and pair exceptionally well with desserts or act as a delightful addition to cocktails.