Amazing to think July is coming to an end and August is upon us. That can mean only one thing; the Carver County Fair is here. The town is already hustling and bustling with activity and in less than a week, visitors from all over will be enjoying themselves at the fair. We will be there too! Our booth will be located by the Entertainment Building so make sure you stop by and say “Hi.” We will have J. Carver Distillery shirts and hats for purchase and we will have better answers to all the questions you may have about products and our production schedule as we anticipate the arrival of the stills next week. I will definitely have the camera in hand and post photos on our gallery. Exciting times for the history books - hope to see you at the Fair!
Ark anyone? All the rain is putting a damper on outside activities but it’s not having an effect on what’s happening under our roof. No peeking in our windows. The distillery has been buzzing with activity this week, including the delivery of our fermenter tanks on Monday, and a pair of 5,000 gallon water tanks on Tuesday. Steam lines are being installed and plumbing is coming along as well. Our RO system is completely installed and operational. We are putting the finishing touches on the sample bar build out with great work done yesterday by Technomark who installed our really cool back lit logo on the wall. The final tiles are being laid today on the back bar and we look forward to the samples we will serve you when we open for tours. Many of you have been asking, and will be able to zone in on an opening date once we receive notification that our stills are on a boat. Stay tuned! Until then, I’ve been updating photos of all the daily distillery progress. Take some time to check it out on our gallery. Cheers to all and try to stay dry!
Have you heard the buzz? Excitement is mounting because A Taste of Minnesota is coming to Waconia July 3-6! The venue change is a result of all the heavy rains which flooded Harriet Island. We are so excited to welcome everyone to Waconia for the Taste. Food, fireworks, fun and a lot of great music this week for our community AND no rain in the forecast! While you’re here, check out the town as Waconia’s got a lot going on. The Waconia Chamber has great information on their website and we encourage you to check out our friends at the local wineries and breweries in our community. Stay tuned for updates. J. Carver Distillery may have a booth at the event.
One of the best moments in a building renovation project is when all the pieces come together and everything starts falling into place. I know we are at this point in our process at the distillery because the “TASKS COMPLETED” column is longer than the “TO DO” list. From the receiving door to the production floor and the sampling room to the barrel house, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. I will be updating the gallery with photos of the cupola, the assembling of the sampling bar, the tile floors and the painting projects as well as all the other areas nearing completion over the course of this week. Thank you for all the support from our distillery friends, fans and family. We are nearing the end. It has been an incredible journey! A big shout out in celebration to all of you Dad’s on this special day! Just think, next year we look forward to raising a glass of J. Carver spirits in honor of all you do. Happy Father’s Day from all of us to you.
Last week I spoke about the building renovation project and the progress being made with the distillery and equipment schedule. On Monday, we received a sample of locally grown wheat which will be the grain we use to produce one of our first products, J. Carver Vodka. The wheels started turning as Matt and I poured the grains of wheat into the bottle imagining what it will be like to actually pour our vodka out in a few short months. We look forward to seeing you enjoying beverages with family and friends made with J. Carver spirits and we are proud to have our ingredients come from local Minnesota farmers. We are proud to work with these local farmers who are growing the grain so we can produce exceptional and distinctive spirits inspired by a tradition of craft and curiosity. Summer is finally here and we can’t wait for you to enjoy activities with family and friends with a libation made with J. Carver spirits in hand. Like you, we are proud to be a part of this Minnesota community supporting local businesses and local products. The future looks bright.