And just like that, it’s 2017! 2016 flew by for us with all of the planning for the distillery and we’re excited to get going on another fun year. It’s been a busy few weeks over here at Two Tall and we want to catch you up on what we’ve been up to lately.
First, I won’t bury the lead – we’re still a couple of months away from having a drinkable product. From the inquiries we’ve gotten lately, that is first and foremost in many of your minds and we understand exactly where you’re coming from. We greatly appreciate the support and enthusiasm all of you have shown and we will let you know ASAP when we get closer to that point.
Since the last update, we’ve been spending a lot of time on two main fronts – Remodeling and Paperwork. Paperwork is obviously the most exciting of these topics, so I’ll address that first.
Alcohol is a heavily regulated product. In order for us to legally make it and sell it to you, there are many, many permits and processes that must be navigated. We’ll go through the detail of some of these aspects in later posts, but the short version is that we currently have aspects of permitting moving through the federal, state, county and township levels all at the same time. There are background checks, health inspections, fire safety approvals and board meetings that must all be completed for us to get to a point where we can officially produce product. And for you to be able to come to Two Tall and sample what we made requires a whole additional set of approvals. This paperwork trail is not for the faint of heart. I have a new appreciation for every small business I interact with and every bottle of craft spirits I buy – even if you don’t like their product, admire their tenacity.
Now, the fun stuff. We’ve been hard at work physically preparing the space at 5353 Maly Road. Nick and Dave got to have their very own Fixer Upper-style demo day, where they ripped out old office walls, carpet, tile, and shelving in the storage area. [Dave got to follow the demolition up with a tetanus shot for the nail he brought home in his foot after getting a little too enthusiastic about fitting everything in the one dumpster we ordered.] Now that the space is cleared out, the next couple of weeks will include electrical work, painting, new carpet and tile and all the other odds and ends that come with remodeling. Our space won’t look like the big distilleries some of you have toured elsewhere and that’s by design – we’re aiming for a place that’s comfortable for you when you visit, but one that also keeps our costs low enough that we can focus our energy on making really good drinks.
And finally - the stills! We got confirmation this week that our 100L still is already en route from Amsterdam. We expect it to get here in late January and the 500L still will follow quickly after. We’ll be one of a dozen or so distilleries in the U.S. to have iStill equipment and one of the first to bring in the iStill NextGen series. Watch for a future post on more about what this equipment can do and why we chose it.
To get all of this done on top of our already busy jobs and family lives, we’ve set up a divide-and-conquer system. Nick is handling all things permits, sourcing and legal mumbo jumbo, Dave is in charge of distilling science and equipment, Amy is the guru of our finances and I’ll be leading communications. As such, we’ll be aiming to post more frequent updates as things really get rolling over the next few months. We'd love it if you'd follow us on our social media platforms and help spread the word.
People you think we should meet? Ideas we should mull over? Stuff you want to know in future posts? Send it my way.