Artisan Spirit: Winter 2013

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various departments

reflect on where we

regarding

the

have come from, the

structure. These are

people we have met,

all standard barriers

all the people we

for

have yet to meet, and

many

budding

distillers wanting to

the

start

out,

however

play in unchartered

Lisa

and

Robert

territory.” Lisa also

also

opportunity

mentioned

encountered

that

it

a d d i t i o n a l

helped

complications

such

see her goal during

as

their

times of frustration.

roof

Sometimes she would

space

even place an empty

relocating

boiler

to

because

the of

constraints,

and

mock-up

a

Fire Safety Upgrade that was mandated by their building. Many people would be discouraged by the amount of obstacles

to

to

visually

of

their

spirit bottle on her desk so she could envision it one day filled with their aged whiskey.

Lisa and Robert faced during the beginning of their career as

Because The Liberty Distillery is located outside of the United

distillers. When asked about what kept them moving forward

States, there are a few different laws regarding the distilling

during such adversity, Lisa answered, “Robert and I are both

process. For example, it is illegal in Canada to call un-aged whiskey

passionate about food, wine, and spirits. We are passionate “white whiskey,” so instead they are calling their version; Railspur about people, friendships, relationships, learning and sharing No. 1 White. Whiskey is an important part of their distillery knowledge. Every time I/we get discouraged we just have to

and there is a required three-year minimum waiting period in

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