Tuesday, April 08, 2014
by Peter Nomm
"Honey, I think I am going to open a distillery!"
"OK, sounds great."
That was her reaction. But let's be clear - this was not the first wild idea that I tossed her direction. Over the next few weeks and months, I would mention something or another pertaining to the idea, but still, I am sure she thought I wouldn't really follow-through on this one.
Until we did...
I was never a Bud Light guy - I have always enjoyed beer with unique and rich flavors. Single Malt Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, and other varieties of whiskey were also favorites of mine. I enjoyed learning about the processes, touring facilities, and, of course, sampling any new products I could. We were taking a trip to Florida with the family, and on the drive home we planned to stop in Gatlinburg, TN. I visited the Ole' Smokey Distillery, which was located right on the "main drag" in town, and the entire scene reminded my of our home, Minocqua. Casually I made the comment that it would really be neat if we had a distillery up here, and the idea never left.
After months of considering the possibilities and searching for potential locations, we found this old building in downtown. The quirky layout and unique design seemed to be just what we wanted and in a great spot.
Northern Waters Distillery was born, and we hope you get the chance to come see us!