Well – it’s September 2017, and after nearly two years of thinking, planning, drinking and getting involved in a myriad of things that have nothing to do with making premium craft spirits, we are nearly at the starting line.
Opening a craft distillery, at least on the scale we have set out to do, is not for the faint hearted.!
It needs deep pockets, endless patience in dealing with things (people, suppliers and organizations) outside one’s control, and a deep and unwavering self-belief. It is after all, one of the most regulated industries that exists, and if one wants to operate ethically and legally, as we do, it’s the name of the game.
There have been many great moments, and if one takes time to try to enjoy the long journey rather than fixate on the destination, there is joy and great satisfaction to be gained from knocking the problems on the head one by one.
The learning curve has been huge, and apart from the challenge of the chemistry, biology and physics that go hand in hand with mastering the art and science of distillation, we now know more about drainage, cooling systems, plumbing, construction, legislation, and process control than we ever cared to know! So perhaps there will be a few blogs reflecting on lessons learned over the first few phases of getting started, and hopefully more musings to come about the really fun things which we believe are around the corner.