Our Story

Fine Vermont Artisan Spirits

The War of 1812 was fairly unpopular throughout Vermont, but particularly so in the northern towns which relied heavily on trade with Canada.  Smuggling was fairly common, except in Georgia, where the townspeople seemed determined to support the embargo on Canadian trade, regardless of their neighbors’ sentiments.  Their blockade was so effective that smugglers took to calling Georgia “Hell’s Gate”.

Hell’s Gate Distillery, est. in 2015 and located in Georgia, Vermont, is a brother and sister team committed to the potential of our farm grown grapes and black currants. Each year, family and friends join us for the harvests. Our fruit is fermented, distilled, and hand blended in small batches to create unique, refreshing Vermont artisan spirits.

Our farm to bottle distilled spirits compliment our black currant products that are marketed under the trade name Vermont Currant, formerly St. Hilaire Family Farm.

The Distillery

The Farm

The Artwork

Artist Stefan Volatile-Wood

Stefan Volatile-Wood, creator of our label, grew up in Georgia, Vermont and now works professionally in Boston, MA.

We are extremely grateful for all his time, effort, and the amazing logos, and labels that he created for Hell’s Gate Distillery and our artisan spirits.

Hell’s Gate Distillery co-owners Judi and Joe St. Hilaire stand with Artist Stefan Volatile-Wood (center).

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As a growing distillery, our product + our website, are still in the works.  Please visit our sister operation, Vermont Currant for more details.


co-owner Joe St. Hilaire standing next to fermentation tanks.

Joe St. Hilaire

Where to Find Us:

Burlington Farmers Market Summers-City Hall Park, Burlington, Vermont; Saturdays from 8:30-2:00 (beginning mid-May 2018)

Champlain Islands Farmers Market, St. Rosa Lima Church, South Hero, Vermont; Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 PM (beginning  May 2018)

Vermont Farmers Market, Holiday Inn, Rutland, VT; (November & December 2018)

NOW OPEN: Hell’s Gate Distillery Tasting Room 6293 Ethan Allen Hwy, Georgia, Vermont; Sundays 12:00-4:30PM.  Also available are our Vermont Currant products for sample or purchase.