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Speakeasy Vodka: A Hand Crafted Small Batch Spirit

Speakeasy Vodka is the first release of the Meriwether Distilling Company. Demand is building and we need to expand the distillery!

Speakeasy Vodka: A Hand Crafted Small Batch Spirit

Speakeasy Vodka is the first release of the Meriwether Distilling Company. Demand is building and we need to expand the distillery!

$6,552
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
29
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 13 2013 7:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 13, 2013

About

Our Passion for Craft Spirits Inspires us to Create the Best

At the Meriwether Distilling Company we aim to enrich our community by providing superior, locally made spirits. Using only top quality ingredients and artisan methods, we honor the rich history of distilling, while blazing a trail in a revitalized industry. Joining a long line of brewers and craftsman dating back to the pre-prohibition era, we make our booze in the Georgetown district of Seattle, WA. We invite you to walk with us as we establish our footprint in Seattle's storied history of artisan entrepreneurs.

"There can't be good living where there is no good drinking."

—Benjamin Franklin

We couldn't agree more and we invite you to join the party.

Simply The Best

The first offering of the Meriwether Distilling Company is Speakeasy Vodka.  In grand Speakeasy tradition our vodka is about cutting loose and coming together. We use the finest organic heirloom rye from a small farm in Eastern Washington. This very special grain provides an array of complex but subtle flavor notes. Speakeasy Vodka is exceptional on the rocks, as a martini, or in your favorite cocktail. We believe the people around you make the party, we just make the vodka.

The Project

Local response to Speakeasy Vodka has been outstanding. Demand is building so we are partnering with a local distributor to facilitate our growth. To fill the expanding orders we need equipment to build out a new and more efficient distillery. Along with new fermentation vessels, filter, and pumps, the shining star of the new setup is a beautiful still. This still will allow us to make everything from Vodka and Whiskey to Gin, Fruit Brandy, and Rum. Specially designed for the micro-distiller, it's made to grow with us as the business expands. We're proud of getting as far as we have with cobbled and used equipment, but with your backing we can expand production and ensure distribution to new markets. 

Not your average lush  

Founder and distiller Whitney D Meriwether has always had a passion for the finer things, despite his modest upbringing. When a three month backpacking trip through Europe turned into a two year stay, Whitney began developing his spirit palate. "Working at a fine dining restaurant to pay for my travel, I had a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy a variety of wine, Scotch and Irish Whiskey..." His love for quality spirits grew. It was this appreciation, partnered with his inherent habit of building things, that led to the dream of someday opening his own distillery.

The Catalyst

In May 2008, Whitney donated 62% of his liver to a family member suffering from terminal bile duct cancer. This kind of life altering event brings everything into perspective. During recovery, Whitney and his recipient John spent weeks recuperating in the same living room together. Both having an entrepreneurial spirit, they regularly discussed the possibility of distilling their own liquor. The idea stuck and after several years of research and planning, Whitney decided it was time to open a distillery.

What We Need

For this project we are hoping to raise $50,000. This seed money will go to our new distillation equipment and allow us to update and prepare our site for higher production and the addition of three new products to the Speakeasy family in the next twelve months. We appreciate you taking the time to read and thank you for your backing. Please tell anyone and everyone you can think of to check us out. Thanks!

Risks and challenges

There have been many risks and challenges along the way, but thankfully we are past the tough stuff. We have our permits and a federally approved product, those are the two biggest hurdles. Moving forward we will face challenges that are, for lack of a better term, better. These are along the lines of transitioning from self distribution to a distributor, hiring a couple great employees, expanding into new markets, and perfecting recipes and branding for new products. I'm confident that with your pledge we can rise to the challenge and accomplish all of this and more.

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