Glacial Water is the foundation & defining character in all of our spirits. And today, we got our soul!
The distillery sits less than a 1/4 mile from Elk Lake (you can boat or Kayak to have a cocktail), which is the last lake in Antrim County's chain of lakes. Over 90 million gallons of glacial water enters into Lake Michigan every day through this amazing watershed. And the quality is unparalleled. If you look at the clarity of both Elk Lake & Torch Lake you will see why we choose to craft our spirits here. Well, and its home sweet home. Oh, and did I mention the world class fruit and grain grown on the 45th parallel. Yep. Enough said.
Back to the water. Steve bacon has been drilling wells in Antrim County since before I was born. He knows the geology in this area, and at what depths you will find differentiating characteristics within the water tables. Our goal was to drill through two aquifers and source water from the top of the third at 110’, due to the low iron content and filtration through clay and sand between the previous aquifers. We are looking to have water that will represent our area, and the character within it. We are looking for water with soul. And today, we found it!
Please, comment below with your thoughts and follow us over the next 6 months as we renovate, construct, install, mill, mash, and distill our way to opening in the spring of 2017. We are thrilled to be a part of this community and the amazing people that encompass this area. I will throw in some interesting insights about our ethos & how it came to be, our community centric farming philosophy and some quirky tidbits along the way. And maybe I can get the mad scientist (wife/business partner/head distiller/Geri) to write one or two along the way.
This blog is our journey. Distilled.