In today’s culture, telling people you are a distillery owner is still the rarest answer at the party. While craft distilleries are starting to increase in number, mainstream America is still a bit in awe of the profession. Thankfully, anomalous jobs have never bothered Timo and Ashby Marshall. After all, the husband and wife team met while working as deck hands on an ice breaker ship in Europe. By comparison, being a distillery owner is downright common!
When the couple decided to open Spirit Works Distillery, it began with yet another rare item: sloe gin. The British liquor — or rather, liqueur — could not be found in its traditional form anywhere in the U.S. Timo, originally from Devon County in the United Kingdom, had an obvious vested interest in creating his native gin. He and Ashby intended to find an existing distillery that would let them create the sloe gin. But as they toured pre-established facilities to hook up with, their environmentalism met their artisanal sense. Soon they found partners willing to back their dream for a grain-to-glass facility, and Spirit Works Distillery was born in Sebastopol, CA. [Read more…]