Individual Human Beings Making Personal Products
From the colonial era, where whiskey had an important economic and social function in the fabric of the community, to the Whiskey Rebellion; through Prohibition and into modern times, spirits have played a sometimes controversial but always fascinating role in our nation’s history.
America has a rich deep history of artisan distillers who have ‘set new standards among the world’ smaller distilleries.’ Sip, America’s Artisan Distillers is dedicated to bringing these unique stories to our communities, and to ensure artisan craft legitimacy as a sustainable community-based business form in the United States and beyond. This catalog is about providing a new perspective from which to view this often unsung and magnificent world.
A genuine artisan craft reflects the best of the natural and agricultural resources of its region. A distiller using caft methods cares deeply about quality. That why he’s a distiller. He’s operating a special piece of equipment, namely a small copper pot-still. That’s his craft, and he’s a craftsman. He cares deeply about the ingredients that he puts into his still, about where they are harvested and how they are transported and stored and how they are made into distilling material because it’s all so important for the quality of what he makes. He uses small old-fashioned hand-operated equipment because that puts him directly in touch with how the spirit is actually being transformed from raw material into something a person wants to drink. He has idiosyncracies and little secrets and tons of experience and he has thought and thought and thought about what he’s doing. This is the only way to make a truly great distilled spirit.