Silo Vodka Distillery
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George's last post for the build from 3/30/2103:
I finished the revised stairway at Silo today....floating from the lower level to the now accessible mezzanine...figuring out a way to use conduit for railings without being a metal worker. While it was a a challenge--I respected Anne Marie for wanting to maintain the steel style along with keeping costs low--which at only $60 for the railings we did indeed...8-)
This has been such an odyssey....with our clients at the helm of an at times stormy ride...but never in a way that did anything but draw us closer together as friends and colleagues on a common quest. The building is magnificent--snapping visitor's head backs as they visually skyrocket upward to the cupola 40' above, and drinking in--not yet Vodka--but the pervasive smell of fresh wood. The copper bar will seat many a taster in the months ahead, and the brass and copper stills and innumerable stainless steel tanks all speak to the richness and quality of the product they now create.
I am grateful beyond words to our faithful and expert crew of Andrew Gibson, Justin DuMoulin, Morgan Locke and Scott Goyette--who never failed to show up independent of bad weather, high heights, intense cold and chaotic conditions--this building is a testimony to their perseverance and love for their craft. David Hamilton was our chief designer and consultant and figured out myriad ways to make this work even when there appeared to be no way out of manifold conundrums...there were weeks he traveled daily from Middlebury to be on site during many of my long absences.
Most of all--I am in awe of Peter and Anne Marie--who never gave up pursuing their dream and who were an example of grace and warmth and good humor even when circumstances were discouraging and there were cost overruns, delays, permitting pettiness, banking obfuscations and the almost inevitable chaos that accompanies managing a large project involving numerous trades, vendors and personnel. They have become wonderful friends during this journey--and every trial only succeeded in binding us closer together. They paid promptly, spoke affirmingly of and toward everyone, and never failed to show their appreciation for our efforts to realize their vision. I have never even tried Vodka, but with locally sourced ingredients and a lot of "skin in the game" ....I will stop in to do so once they are open--knowing this is not just a drink we'll be having but a partaking of a two years process (well over a year to design and over a half to build), over 1600 emails, the merging of ideas and abilities to create passionate beauty, and most of all a relationship that has blossomed under pressure into a fine taste....just like their Silo Distillery, we might suppose.