Mountain Thunder and the 1309

Charis Winery and Distillery will be providing tastings and sales at the 2019 George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation.

They will offer their new brandy, which is aged in oak with touches of local locust honey and a hint of local maple syrup, which imparts a “bourbonesque” flavor. The brandy is named 1309 after the restored steam locomotive soon going into service with the Western Maryland Scenic Railway for trips from Cumberland to Frostburg.

You will also be able to try Charis’ Mountain Thunder Red.  Surprisingly, Mountain Thunder is not named for a locomotive! This bold red wine is named ‘”mountain” for mountain Maryland, and “thunder” because it is 19.5% proof!!

In 2013, Charis began wine production and sales in Cumberland, Maryland. It was Allegany County’s first winery. As their wine production grew, they investigated uses for the pomace byproduct [grape skins, pulp and seeds]. Charis is located in historic Canal Place, opposite Allegany Museum in downtown Cumberland. They now use the leftover raw material to make pomace brandy. In 2017 they produced two versions of pomace brandy.

Make sure to visit their tasting table at the Fest, Friday June 7, 6-10 pm. Tickets are available at the Early-bird price of $50 online here , or on our Facebook page. You can also snag them at the Book Center, 15 N Centre St, or Main St Books, Frostburg.