Owners of Westminster distillery Covalent Spirits celebrate triumph over cancer battles with special bourbon release this weekend
January 7, 2023
Thomas Goodwin Smith
The Carroll County Times
With the release of its Battle Bourbon on Saturday, Covalent Spirits’ co-owners pay tribute to a personal battle and celebrated the success so far of their new distillery, the only one in the City of Westminster.
The bourbon, aged for nearly 5 years and coming out of the barrel stronger than when it went in, reflects the idea of battling adversity, just as co-owner Drew Cockley did. As the whiskey matured over those five years, he survived two battles with cancer.
“It is a personal story,” Cockley said. “I am a two-time cancer survivor and the start and stop of Covalent Spirits hinged around my health.”
And so Covalent Spirits, at 118 E. Main St., Westminster, is more than the unique liquors, chemistry-themed cocktails and industrial-chic interior it offers patrons. The distillery has become a comfortable hangout spot for many since opening its doors in November 2022…
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