Distilling Change

Welcome back to the Willey all!  It has obviously been quite a while since the last post, but fear not, this blog still yet has a beating heart!  Shannon and I have been working our ourselves to the bone with real life lately.  As it turns out at some point after moving to a new place you do actually have to settle down into somewhat of a routine of work, eat, and sleep.  While this is not the most fun routine in the world to find yourself wrapped up in, it is not entirely awful either.  Over the last month we have had some visitors come out and finally experience what we have going out here.  David L. Willey actually came to New York City to visit us!  I am fairly confident we sent him back exhausted, whether it was from all the excitement or simply from sleeping on our couch bed for a week, exhausted none the less.  He was joined by our good friend Emily Freyer who is now able to report back to Phyllis about the whole scene we have created here in the east.  Shannon has continuously fed into the house a stream of delicious treats from school, and is doing great at her most stellar of bars.  Addie is working away at Pure still, but spends most of her time being famous with her uber guitar playing boyfriend Mike.  There is a cool scene here that she has been starting to tap into that revolves around guitars, in particular Gibson, which I will have to delve more deeply into at some point.

Distilling is something that I have always wanted to explore.  It is the fascination with process and tradition that lead me to seek out one of the three artisan distilleries in Brooklyn to learn the trade.  I approached Kings County Distillery’s owner David Haskell with a proposition of getting into the distillery to learn how to craft Whiskeys and Bourbons either as a volunteer or just a visitor, but little did I know at the time that they were actually looking for someone to come in part time to take some shifts distilling.  So in 2 long shifts, the first of which extremely eye opening, I was trained on how to run their very small distillery by myself, and then one late Friday night I was set loose and told to create a batch of bourbon.  So it begins!  I am now in a full rotation of distillers, 5 people including the owners, making small batch alcohol in a small warehouse in the middle of Brooklyn.  It is an extremely cool process, surprisingly simple, that I will do a full write up on once I have it down and fully understand all of its small intricacies.   So far so good.

On a different note… I was walking through the East Village on my way down to Soho the other day and was caught by this odd orange construction tape installation.  At first you hardly notice that it is something, but after stopping to stare a little the whole scene pops out at you.  Thought you guys might enjoy it.

Much more to come on the blog, possibly tonight.  Until then, be well!