Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dave Pickerell arrived Monday, and he immediately began directing us in the many housekeeping tasks required to be able to distill. These included such glamorous activities as cleaning out the boiler (used to heat water for mashing the grain) and the stills, and testing the mash tubs to make sure that they are water tight. And what do you know? Many of them weren't. Some shimming and pounding on the iron hoops soon solved that problem, and now we are ready to steam clean them to ensure that no foreign organisms will interfere with fermenting the grain. We hope to begin mashing on Thursday.


  1. Hi,
    Great project.
    Will your whiskey be available to the general public, at an affordable price,(maybe small 1-2 oz bottles) or will it only be available by special auction, and thus be out of reach for the common man?

  2. At this point, we envision a variety of products. Right now we have a miniature bottle that is available at our shops in a gift set for $25 -- it is a special blend of whiskeys that were donated by 11 of the premier distillers who have supported the project (Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, Jim Beam, and others) and was aged and blended here. Next up will be a 375ml bottle of the unaged rye whiskey that we are making now (the closest thing to GW's whiskey that anyone will ever taste), that we hope to have available for sale later this summer (hopefully by June 1). Since it will be a one-of-a-kind item the unaged rye will be a bit pricier, in the $80-$100 range. After that, it depends on what the traffic will bear, but I anticipate our bringing out an aged version of GW's rye sometime down the road. Tune in and we will keep you posted on how these plans progress.

    Thanks for your interest.

  3. Hi,
    That sounds great and are affordable.
    Could you please add me to the list(if you have one) for 1 unaged and 1 aged if possible.


  4. Barry,

    We will use this blog to keep people abreast of our progress in getting our product in our shops. Check back in the spring to find out when to look for it.