Mo-men-tum - noun - the quantity of motion in a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
This last month has been a flurry of activity, some of it one step forward/two steps back, but overall it feels like we're finally really getting somewhere.
- Equipment: Still #1! (as I have unofficially named it) is finally in our warehouse space after being subjected to every possible examination offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Full set-up on Still #! is pending a few more pieces of electronics that are coming with the larger 500L Still. From what we hear, the 500 is getting the latest upgrades over at the iStill warehouse and should be shipping shortly.
- Space: Tons of renovations there - paint, new floors and carpet (thanks to Maly Tile!), tables, chairs, storage, sinks, fridge, etc.
- Permits: Federal permit approved! State permit process working its way through, hoping for approval this or next month. We had our first of three rounds of zoning approvals for a Conditional Use Permit, which we are pursuing so we can have on-site purchase of bottles and serve small tastes at the location for people interested in sampling. This last week, Nick and I had a great discussion with the Town of Burke commissioners and we will meet the full Burke Board in mid-April. After that, we have a final hearing with Dane County on April 25.
- Tcotchkes: Now that designs are final, we're working through the process of getting some gear printed up for those of you that are eager to show off your tall side. Men's t-shirts, of course, are no problem to locate in tall sizes. Women's gear is proving more challenging. Our new friends at Trending Now are rapidly getting a feel for my shopping problems and they've been very good sports at looking into the body length of all the brands they carry. We might end up splitting the difference and finding unisex styles, like the raglan (baseball tee), that run long. Stay tuned. We're scoping out hats and other smaller items as well.
What's that? Oh, you were expecting to hear about alcohol in an update about a distillery? Silly readers with your pie-in-the-sky ideas.... Fortunately, there actually is some good movement on that front. Dave will be heading to Amsterdam in a week for a special training on the iStill equipment and will get a chance to do some practice runs in prep for the amazing moment when we finally have all the equipment in-house and the governmental permission to turn it on. In the meantime, he's been reading everything he can get his hands on regarding the chemistry of the distilling process and has a whole list of experiments he's hoping to run in order to dial in a great product.
We had hoped to have a product ready by St. Patrick's Day and alas, that is not to be. But there is always next year - and in the meantime, we wish you (and the Badgers) all the Luck of the Irish this week.