Lynn DeLean-Weber, co-founder of Edelbrand Pure Distilling near Marthasville, will give a presentation on the art and science of distilling artisanal fruit brandies Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at Neighborhood Reads bookstore, 401 Lafayette St. in Downtown Washington.

Edelbrand (AY-del-brahnd) Pure Distilling produces European-styled fruit brandies called Edelbrand vinars (vee-NARS).

Several of Edelbrand’s spirits will be available to taste with light food pairings. The discussion will include books about fruit brandies, distilling, and mixology.

Less than 1,000 bottles of these handcrafted spirits are produced annually from this family-owned distillery outside of Marthasville. DeLean-Weber, along with her Swiss-born husband Martin, and her daughter Tess DeLean, are the founders of what is quite possibly the smallest legal distillery in Missouri, if not the United States.

Three small copper pot stills produce these award-winning spirits using distilling traditions found in the mountain villages of Switzerland, Martin’s home. One hundred percent fruit, no additives, artificial flavorings, or chemicals are used to create these dry, unaged brandies.

Registration for this event is required and limited. Call Neighborhood Reads at 636-390-9673 to sign up.