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press photo by bernie o’hareLocated on Bethlehem’s Main Street, the Sun Inn offers colonial fare, which will soon include Christmas City Spirits. press photo by bernie o’hareLocated on Bethlehem’s Main Street, the Sun Inn offers colonial fare, which will soon include Christmas City Spirits.

Supervisors approve Sun Inn distillary

Monday, September 11, 2017 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Was alcohol a staple in Colonial-era America? That’s one of the claims made on the historic Sun Inn’s webpage. The tavern hopes to replicate that time with Christmas City Spirits, its own distilled beverage. Unanimously, Hanover Township Supervisors voted August 22 to allow Christmas City Spirits to operate a distillery at 167 N Commerce Way. These beverages will supply a tavern whose guest list at one time boasted George Washington, Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Ethan Allen, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Laurens, Richard Lee and Marquis de Lafayette.

It will be a distillery only. There will be no tasting room or retail sales. As explained by Attorney Mike Santanasto, you’ll find those at the Sun Inn.

He and fellow distiller Brett Biggs, both of whom are Bethlehem Catholic grads, still need approvals from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the federal Tax and Trade Bureau. Once that happens, Christmas City Spirits will be in business.