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Small-batch craft distilleries are popping up across the country and region. They make everything from gin to rye to vodka, often with a focus on local ingredients and unique flavors. We talk with three local makers about what goes into getting a distillery off the ground and onto shelves at bars and liquor stores.
Part of a growing trend of craft distilleries, New Columbia Distillers was founded in Northeast Washington in 2011. Housed in a 3,500 square foot warehouse two miles from Union Station, it's where former attorney Michael Lowe and his son-in-law John Uselton produce D.C.'s first gin since Prohibition. From fermenting and distilling to labeling and bottling, the entire production cycle takes place inside the distillery. The distillery's signature spirit, Green Hat Gin, pays homage to D.C.'s most famous bootlegger, known to many as "the man in the green hat."
Video shot, edited and produced by Jared Angle
Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.
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