Elm City Distillery is a small craft spirits distillery located in Connecticut and is trying to move to the Elm City.
About The Project The Project:
Elm City Distillery LLC was formed by Eric Kotowski. After reading a magazine article about a micro distillery producing whiskey in as little as 3 months, I was blown away. I always was intrigued how some large distilleries would age product for 10 years,15 years, or even longer. How could anyone start a distillery if they had to make product on day one and not be able to sell it for 10 years mean while keep producing product for 10 years. Also, how do you know what your sales will be in 10 years? Apparently size matters! The smaller the barrel the faster the spirit will age.
After reading the article, I began to read as much as I could about this exciting craft. I already had a love for whiskey but was not very well versed on how it was made. I learned an immense amount, from the different still classifications and distilling techniques implemented, to many lesser known spirit types. In late 2010 all the licenses were in place and production began. The first products were a vodka named Velocipede Vodka and an un-aged rye whiskey named Nine Square Rye. After about a year of selling product it was determined that the company had to go into full production to survive. The location of the distillery is not able to handle this, so there was only one option. Move the distillery.
Once a new location can be established, production will restart for the Velocipede Vodka and Nine Square Rye. Shortly after more products will be added like a corn whiskey and a gin. Also I will age the rye and the corn (once corn whiskey is aged it is Bourbon ! ). There are many more products I would like to produce but I believe these will be the heart and soul of the company in addition will be the AGE YOUR OWN WHISKEY KIT. I learned that barrel size matters in relation to how the whiskey matures. That is why I will use 5 gallon and 15 gallon barrels to craft my aged whiskey. I know there are people out there that would love to do the same. That is why I intend to have an age your own whiskey kit. The kit will include either Nine Square Rye or my corn whiskey and a one liter barrel which can be reused 5+ times. People will be able to embark on their own journey to age whiskey and receive excellent results in as little as one month. In addition people can put what ever they would like into the barrel in addition to the spirit, weather it be honey, cherries, or something far more exotic. You can even barrel age cocktails and a whole host of other products. Your imagination is your limit.
Phase one will be to establish a new location and start production right away. Phase two will be to open a distillery store where people will be able to buy t-shirts, barrels and more. State law needs to be changed to allow direct sales to the public. Right now I am focused on phase 1.
Where will the funds go?
The funds will be put towards establishing a new location, doing the necessary build out and buying some additional equipment.
We Need Your Support!
The process of moving a distillery, doing the construction renovations and reopening is not easy and requires a fair amount of funds. Our goal is to raise $19,000 in funds. So of course we cannot do it with out you. Check out the perks to the right. You probably notice there is no alcohol in the perks and that is because Kickstarter prohibits it, so I came up so some other cool perks. The way kickstarter works is all or nothing. In order for us to receive any funds we must hit our goal or we get nothing, even if we are one dollar short we get nothing. Your credit card will NOT be charged. If we don’t meet our goal, we don’t get any money and you don’t get any craft spirits and I know you want craft spirits. Making your contribution is easy, secure and is processed through www.Amazon.com.
Please help us make Elm City Distillery the craft distillery Connecticut needs and follow these easy steps.
1. CHOOSE PLEDGE. Click on the pledge you would like on the right.
2. REVIEW PLEDGE. Review the pledge you selected and click “continue to next step”
3. SIGN IN. Sign in to kickstarter or create an account. It only takes an email and password. EASY!
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5. SIGN IN. Sign in to Amazon if you have an account. If not, enter your email address and select “I am a new customer” then click “sign in using our secure server” and follow the instructions. (That was Easy!)
6. SHARE. Make sure you tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and whoever else crosses your path about the Elm City Distillery kickstarter program. Don’t forget to check in with us at www.facebook.com/ElmCityDistillery and we appreciate any and all help.
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A heart felt thanks. Every dollar helps. We will acknowledge your contribution on the Elm City Distillery website and on the distillery wall, plus your choice of a hearty handshake, hug, high or low five on the day we finally meet!Estimated delivery:
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Same as the $1 pledge, plus two Elm City Distillery Stickers. So you can proclaim your love for Elm City Distillery.Estimated delivery:
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A ticket for a distillery tour and Notice of Tastings Events, plus the same as the $5 pledge.Estimated delivery:
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Your very own virgin 1 liter barrel to age your own whiskey, written instructions with a link to a “how to” video and VIP mailing which means you get first rights to new product releases!, plus the same as the $25 pledge.Estimated delivery:
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A premium grade once used 5 gallon BOURBON barrel (EMPTY). Please add $35 if you would like it shipped (lower 48 states only), plus the same as the $75 pledge.Estimated delivery:
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A premium grade once used 5 gallon RYE barrel (EMPTY). Please add $35 if you would like it shipped (lower 48 states only) , plus the same as the $75 pledge.Estimated delivery:
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You will have the opportunity to come to the distillery to learn to distill whiskey. You will learn how to make and ferment the mash, run the still and age the spirit, plus same as the $150 pledge.Estimated delivery:
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Same as the $1250 pledge plus you will be able to name or put your name on a beautiful stainless steel fermenter. When you come in to learn to distill you the mash you make will be the first to be put in your fermenter.Estimated delivery:
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Limited run of your own spirit to be sold in bars and liquor stores. You will be able to choose the label (must be approved by owner and Federal government) and mash bill. You will have as much hands on or off of the production as you desire, plus the same as the $150 pledge. Please contact for more details.Estimated delivery:
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