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Lockhouse is the first licensed distillery in Buffalo, NY since Prohibition. Help us get our flagship whiskey in barrels!
Lockhouse is the first licensed distillery in Buffalo, NY since Prohibition. Help us get our flagship whiskey in barrels!
181 backers pledged $14,178 to help bring this project to life.

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What is Lockhouse Distillery?

Founded in January 2012, Lockhouse Distillery (formerly Eight Buffalo Spirits LLC) is the first licensed manufacturer of spirits in Buffalo, NY since Prohibition.  Our product will be hand made in small batches, and will use raw materials from local farms.  

Lockhouse Distillery is located in Buffalo's Great Arrow Building (part of the historic Pierce Arrow Factory Complex).  We are at full production on our flagship vodka - made from Concord grapes grown right here on Lake Erie.  We expect the label for this product to be approved soon, and it will available for purchase within the next couple of months

Next comes whiskey, which - in keeping with our desire to support local agriculture - will have regionally sourced ingredients as well.  Whiskey presents its own set of challenges in that it will need to be aged in barrels for around a year before we can bring it to market.

What Does "Barrel Fund" Mean?

Due to the time it takes to age, we want to start making whiskey immediately.  Whiskey barrels must be ordered by the palette in large quantities, requiring a large monetary investment.  These 10 gallon barrels (and the raw materials used to make the whiskey in them) will then need to sit on racks for a year or more before we can get a return out of them.  As such, we're asking our friends and neighbors to help us get our whiskey operation off the ground by helping us purchase enough barrels to get through most of the year.


What Do Donors Get In Return?

We're excited to announce that each donor at any level will have their name placed on a plaque on the front of the tasting bar in our distillery.  You'll be able to come check out your plaque when you come visit us for a tour.  This panel of donors will remain in the distillery for the life of the company, even if we relocate.  We think this is a great way to be a part of the history of the return of distilling to Buffalo, NY.

In addition, we have some great rewards at all levels listed to the right.  We appreciate any help you can give us, and think you'll enjoy them!


What Happened To EIGHT BUFFALO SPIRITS LLC?

We weren't the only spirit brand with "Buffalo" in the name!  To avoid any potential trademark issues in the future, we decided to rename the distillery as something that was distinctly tied in to Buffalo's rich history (and also a little bit shorter!).  


When Will Donor Rewards Be Delivered?

The estimated dates under each reward level are accurate except where indicated. Since most levels also gets items from previous levels, different pieces of your reward may come at different times.  We ask that you please be patient on the items that include either the barrels or naming the batches.

In addition, we will contact you at the close of this campaign to get your tshirt/tank top size.

From all of us here at Lockhouse Distillery, thank you so much for your help!

Risks and challenges

The primary risk in our business is regulatory lag time. Often our process is slowed down due to the need to wait for approval from various government agencies. Bear with us, we'll stay on our regulators and make sure our fulfillment is as timely as possible.

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  • 10 gallon. Some of the barrels release at the end of the Kickstarter program are 7 gallon.

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    Each our donors will have their name placed on a plaque mounted on the front of the tasting bar at the distillery. Additionally, this level receives a Lockhouse Distillery logo sticker.

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    TSHIRT (OR TANK TOP) - This level receives a Lockhouse Distillery tshirt (or tank top), plus the logo sticker and name on donor plaque.

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    FLASK - This level receives a Lockhouse Distillery logo flask, plus the tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque.

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    NAMED VODKA BATCH - This level gets a batch of vodka named after them, and their name (or a reasonable, inoffensive, and non-commercial substitute of their choosing) placed next to the handwritten batch number on every bottle in the run. Depending on the response to this pledge level, it may take us several months to complete all named batches.

    This level also receives the flask, tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque.

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    PRIVATE TOUR - This level receives a private tour of the distillery for the donor and 5 guests. This level also gets a vodka batch named after them, and receives the flask, tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque.

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    WHISKEY BARREL - This level gets their name placed on a plaque on an individual whiskey barrel, and then gets to KEEP THE BARREL once it has been emptied. Once the barrel reaches maturity and is emptied, the donor will be invited to come pick it up at the distillery. All bottles generated from this barrel will have the donor's name (or a reasonable, inoffensive, and non-commercial substitute of their choosing) hand written next to the barrel number. Due to the nature of this pledge level, we may not be able to completely fulfill this reward for several years.

    This level also receives the private tour, vodka batch naming, flask, tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque.

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    PRIVATE DISTILLING CLASS - At this level, the partners at Lockhouse Distillery will present a private distilling class for the donor and five guests. Attendees will view and participate in various parts of the grinding, mashing, fermenting, distilling, filtering, proofing and bottling processes, giving them a complete view into the art of making distilled spirits. This level will also receive the named barrel, named vodka batch, flask, tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque.

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    PRIVATE MIXOLOGY CLASS w/ CAMERON RECTOR - As owner of the award winning Vera Pizzeria, Cameron is directly responsible for the current surging popularity of craft mixology in Buffalo. At this level, donors will receive a private mixology class for themselves and 9 guests, location TBD. This level will also receive the private distilling class, named vodka batch, flask, tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque. If you would also like the WHISKEY BARREL, you may optionally add another $250 to your pledge (this is not required to receive the PRIVATE MIXOLOGY CLASS).

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    PRIVATE PARTY AT VERA PIZZERIA - Donors at this level will receive a two hour private party on a Sunday evening at Vera Pizzeria for themselves and 19 guests. The party will include refreshments and passed appetizers, and will feature a presentation and Q&A by the partners of Lockhouse Distillery. This level will also receive the private distilling class, named vodka batch, flask, tshirt (or tank top), sticker, and name on donor plaque. If you would also like the WHISKEY BARREL, you may optionally add another $250 to your pledge (this is not required to receive the PRIVATE PARTY).

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