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distillery layout. “We knew what we wanted to achieve,” Laws said. He started learning some of the intricacies of distilling, and planning the layout for the distillery, saying he wanted it to be “like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise,” with the distiller able to survey the entire operation from a central location.“(Friel) said linear, and I said no. I wanted to stand here and know I have everything in hand,” Laws said. Eventually the day came to fire things up, and once heads started coming off of his first spirit run, Laws asked Friel, “When should I make the cut?” Friel cracked open a beer and told him, “It’s your whiskey.” “It was unnerving the first time,” Laws said. “He never told me what to do. He always asked, ‘What if you did X?,’ and made me think it through.” Laws continued to put away barrels under-the-radar for three years, using the name Gargoyle Enterprises — given that gargoyles are traditionally meant to ward off evil “spirits.: the first batch was finally ready in October 2011. Now he’s nearly filled the his space, and is almost

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Artisan Spirit: Fall 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.

Artisan Spirit: Fall 2017  

The magazine for craft distillers and their fans.