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Divine Distillers: Innovation and Tradition

Salem's first distillery expands production. We will be creating traditional pomace grappa and innovative Cowcohol (Whey Vodka).

Divine Distillers: Innovation and Tradition

Salem's first distillery expands production. We will be creating traditional pomace grappa and innovative Cowcohol (Whey Vodka).

$2,096
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38days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, December 27 2019 6:46 AM UTC +00:00.

About

OUR STORY

We are an international family.  Jason grew up in Brazil and Mexico with most of his family in South Africa and Europe.  Jennell grew up in the Midwest but fell in love with France and Brazil.  We moved often living in England, Belgium, Canada, France, and Brazil.  We love the long friendly meals of Latin American and Europe that often involve distilled spirits before and after courses.   At the birth of our son, we struggled to find a name that would work in the many languages we spoke and the countries we had visited.  We finally settled on Dante.  Five years later we were fortunate enough to adopt our daughter Angelica from Guatemala.   Divine Distillers is an homage to our children.

Jason and Jennell at the American Distilling Institute Conference searching for our next still.
Jason and Jennell at the American Distilling Institute Conference searching for our next still.

Our name comes from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.   Our spirits follow the journey of Dante through the nine circles of hell (Inferno), through purgatory, and eventually into paradise.  Join us as we guide you through the world of spirits.

We use Jason’s exceptional ability to find just the right timing of distillation and mixing to create the smoothest alcohols.  Jennell uses her knowledge of science and of herbs to create unique infusions, essences, bitters, and conduct the lab testing.

About Divine Distillers 

In the heart of the Willamette Valley, amidst wineries, craft breweries, and orchards our small craft Divine Distillers was born.  Here we make each bottle of our spirits with a goal to preserve and highlight the flavor of our local fruit.  We seek to adapt tradition and innovation in creating spirits that capture the essence of the Willamette Valley.

At Divine Distillers we can introduce our fellow explorers to follow our fruit.  Our tastings will include the fruit, the fermented juice (wine), and finally the distilled spirit.  You will be able to follow the flavor of our spirits from their wholesome beginnings.

“The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and pain.”
 ― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Our distillery was conceived from our son’s namesake Dante Alighieri author of the Divine Comedy.  Our spirits will take you on a journey from inferno to paradise.  Our fruit eau-de-vie, Agave Spirit, and silver rum are in our “Inferno” class.  The clear spirits are strong and hot, and unchanged as they come off the still.  As we age our spirits they mellow, gain flavors from the woods we choose to help them mature, and become very smooth while maintaining their flavor.  These are our “Paradise” class of spirits.  For our finest quality aged products, they will be our “Archange”, Arch angel, class.  Our infusions and herbal liqueurs are our “Purgatorio” class.  They are caught between inferno and paradise, always not quite one or the other. 

 History  

We were granted out TTB distillery license May 1, 2018  We moved into a really cool industrial mall, the 45th Parallel Mall.  It is full of small businesses and entrepreneurs.  So far we have been able to partner with our neighbors such as: Odolla Coffee Roasters, Scenic Valley Vineyards, Johan Vineyards, Mahonia Vineyards, Stevens Family Farm, Oregon Fruit Products, Sunnyview Blueberry farm, and TMK Creamery.

We opened our small tasting room on August 11, 2018.  We had almost 100 people come out to celebrate our opening and have received rave reviews of our Spirits and Cocktails. People were especially impressed with our Strawberry and Watermelon brandy (eau-de-vie).  Since then, we have expanded and are in 5 Salem bars and 6 liquor stores in Oregon.

On August 25th 2018, our Apple Brandy Paradiso won a bronze metal at the San Diego Spirits festival.   We are super excited that our first bottle run was reviewed so well even up against some of the largest Brandy Houses in the world. 

Since then, our Agave Spirit won a silver medal at the Veteran Alcoholic Beverage Competition in San Antonio, TX, and was named smoothest, as well as most unique flavor for an Agave Spirit and we earned several more awards and honors in the New York International Spirits competition, including Oregon Eau-De-Vie Distillery of the Year.

Due to all these accolades we have bought 2 subsequent stills, effectively increasing our distilling capacity 5 fold to 120 gallons, and still cannot keep up.  We have now ordered half of the still we want.  This is a very simple pot still from Stilldragon USA in Florida.  This still  allows us to distill an additional 250 gallons a day, but doesn't allow us to create the beautiful final product that we have been known for.  Our goal with this kickstarter is to allow us to take what most think of as a useless byproduct and turn it into amazing spirits.  First we will take the pomace created from our fabulous local wine industry and turn it into grappa. While we honor tradition through European techniques in our grappa manufacturing we also want to also create an innovative product so we are partnering with Oregon's Dairy industry to take the whey created from our local cheese production and turn it into Cowcohol (milk vodka).   This kickstarter will help us craft these two beautiful spirits out of the waste of common industries in Oregon.  In order to create these synergistic spirits, we need to turn our pot still into a versatile hybrid column still that will allow us to perform micro adjustments to the flavors and produce spirits of the extremely high quality that everyone has come to expect from us.

We have worked with Stilldragon for months to create a unique and visually gorgeous still that will allow us to produce exceptional spirits while looking absolutely amazing while producing them.  We have designed a product flow system that will step through all the plates producing an exceptional flavor and aroma that will make our already amazing spirits even better.

The current 250 gallon pot still on order from Stilldragon.
The current 250 gallon pot still on order from Stilldragon.
Our future expandable still with columns.  This will allow is to grow capacity while maintaining our quality.  Plus it will be a work of art.  The center column will have cascading waterfall of distilling spirits as it runs..
Our future expandable still with columns. This will allow is to grow capacity while maintaining our quality. Plus it will be a work of art. The center column will have cascading waterfall of distilling spirits as it runs..

Risks and challenges

We have secured all necessary local, state and federal distilling and labeling permits and we are open for business. We have 38 different products approved with more on the way. Our biggest problem is space and production. As of Dec 1st, 2018 we are located in our new production site and tasting room with over 2000 square feet, 3x our start up space. Now that we have a little more breathing room for production we need to increase our capacity with our new still.
Every batch of our agave spirit has sold out before we can produce more. Until we have bigger production capacity we can't afford to spread the word outside Salem of our amazing products. Because our current still on order is just a pot still, we won't have the same control and ability as we have with our current hybrid still to make our truly refined spirits.
With your help we can produce to meet demand and have some breathing room to expand.
Join us on this epic adventure to capture the flavor and explore the Divine Comedy through distilled spirits.

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    1) Join a scheduled tour of our distillery and our Head Distiller will take you through the spirit world*
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    1) Take an hour long infusion class. You will learn about the art of Amaros and get to create your very own custom Amaro herb blend.*
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    1) Visit our tasting room and receive invitations to all Divine sponsored events with no admission fee.*
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    1) Party for you and up to nineteen of your friends. We'll take you through the spirit world, tour the distillery, and the divine tasting room will be yours. This will be an experience to remember, No expense will be spared. It will be Divine!*
    2) Plus you will have Eternal Welcome to Divine sponsored events*
    3) Your name for eternity on our still
    4) A chance to vote on our still's name
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    The ultimate “Maker’s” experience! A personal hands-on 1-day distilling workshop for you and up to five of your best friends. You will not only get our “Introduction to Distilling” class, but you will actually be making a distilled spirit with us (agave spirit, vodka, moonshine, or fruit brandy). This award includes gourmet breakfast, catered picnic lunch, and other gifts. We will show you how spirits are made and what goes into your favorite products. Kickstarter does not allow us to give away any alcohol so this reward does not include spirits.

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    The super ultra diamond platinum reward! Admit it, you have always wanted to have your own private-label alcohol! For our ultra-high end reward, we will work closely with you to create a custom recipe for your very own spirit. Your own personally designed alcohol label, exactly to your liking within legal guidelines. Organic apples? Pinot Noir grapes? Asian pears? Only your imagination is the limit. We will help you source the material. Imagine, you could own the only hyper-local spirit made entirely from material grown and processed in Oregon! The bragging rights will be yours. You can join us for any part of the process, or you can just let us do the work.*
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