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Black Bear Bierschnaps
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Black Bear Bierschnaps

Cardinal Spirits is a small distillery located in Bloomington, Indiana, that opened in 2015. In addition to gin, vodka, and single malt whiskey, the distillery recently released Black Bear Bierschnaps, made in collaboration with Upland Brewing Co. What is bierschnaps? It’s basically a spirit that is made from fermented beer that is distilled and boiled down to give it stronger flavor and strength. “Bierschnaps is enjoyed around the world, especially in Europe,” says Cardinal Spirits co-founder Jeff Wuslich, “but it's rare to have an American-made one.” Black Bear is a low-proof, dark, syrupy spirit that can be drank on its own or as a component in a cocktail.