|The New Columbia still|
Michael and John have plans for a Maryland style rye in the future, but as is the case with a lot craft distilleries, they're gonna keep the rent paid with their gin. Both guys are legitimate gin "guys." They aren't making it simply to get some revenue--though that's part of it--they both drink gin regularly and have a sense of what they want the gin to taste like. I liked how they joked about vodka and how boring it is--I suggested they could copy Van Gogh and make a PB&J flavored vodka. We all chuckled. You know, cause vodka's bullshit.
I spent a little over an hour with the guys and I helped them bottle a test batch of the gin. Bottling is a time intensive process, especially with just three guys. You gotta put the labels on, fill the bottle, then cork it, and finish it by writing the proof and batch number on the bottle. When you see one of these bottles on the shelf, you'll know that it was bottled with care by hand. I think we did 6 or 8 cases of gin.
I'm excited to see what Michael and John come up with. I'm even more excited to taste the forthcoming rye. If you're in the DC area, look for this one on the shelves soon.
* I don't drink very much gin so YMMV.