Well it’s been a very busy and interesting first few months of operation at Murray’s Fools Distilling. This will be a brief update for those of you following our progress, but, first, the answer to the question I have been asked the most: our first bottling of The Snow Shoe Vodka should be out in a few weeks. That will be very exciting for all of us!
So what have we been doing lately? A whole lot of mashing and distilling of course! As a farm craft distillery, we cannot purchase neutral grain spirits and turn that into vodka. Instead, we have to make our own NGS first, and then turn that into our handcrafted vodka. That means many stripping runs of the still, followed by spirit runs to produce the 190 Proof NGS that will be the backbone of our craft distilled vodka.
In addition to mashing and distilling, Sarah has successfully navigated her way to our first COLA – Certificate of Label Approval – the federal approval necessary for each label, and then obtained our State approval for the same label.
Sarah has also captained the bottle selection effort. Our first bottle delivery is due within the week, and we are very excited! I am sure there will be pictures of the delivery event on Facebook when it happens.
We have also been working on our tasting room. Three of the interior walls are ready to paint, and one has been completed in salvaged barn board for a very cool, rustic look. We have been sanding the ambrosia maple slabs that will become the top of the tasting bar, and soon will be installing the ceiling. It is all coming together fairly quickly, and, with any luck, we will be able raise our tasting glasses in the official tasting room by the end of the summer.
The adventure continues.
Co-founder of Murray's Fools Distilling Co. | Altona. NY