SMOKE + WHISKEY – 630 Day 2015!!

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Smoke + Whiskey is our theme this year, and it’s gonna be spectacular!

BUY TICKETS HERE!

There will be food, cocktails, and beers!  Your ticket entitles you to admission to the party, as well as a plate of food, two drinks (cocktails and/or beers), and a specialty cocktail made with one of our new release spirits!

When you think smoked food in St. Louis, your first thought is Sugarfire Smokehouse BBQ and so we’ve partnered with them to bring you a specialty sandwich & side, along with a new BBQ sauce made with our RallyPoint Rye Whiskey for your dining pleasure!

We’ll be releasing our hugely anticipated second ever batch of Gold Medal winning RallyPoint Maple Sunset!  More info HERE.

Our first full brewery collaboration will finally be released as well.  This was our project with great local brewery: Alpha Brewing Co.  Two variations on their Imperial Smoked Black Ale – the beer itself aged in our used RallyPoint whiskey barrels; and another batch of the beer was distilled into whiskey and aged in new oak barrels!  More info HERE.

Also being released is our collaboration with Kaldi’s Coffee!  This is Big Jake’s Breakfast Brew.  A divine fusion of coffee and whiskey, destined to bring whiskey back to the breakfast table where it belongs!  Find out more about the awesome origins of this spirit HERE.

For your enjoyment we will also have Clementine’s Creamery offering their delicious ice creams, whether you’re Naughty or Nice, they’ve got the perfect cold treat for you!

And last, but certainly not least, to capitalize our Smoke theme, Gran Cru Cigars will be here offering extremely limited edition cigars that were hand-rolled with tobacco leaves aged with our RallyPoint Rye Whiskey!

BUY TICKETS HERE!

“SMOKE + WHISKEY” – 3rd Annual 630 Day!

It’s almost June and the agonizing wait that started July 1st, 2014 is almost over… just 37 more days until the next 630 DAY!

We have an awesome party lined up and it’s sure to be smokin’! ‘Cause this year’s theme is “Smoke + Whiskey”, a fantastic pair if ever there was one.

We’ll be releasing more and more information all month, but let’s start with our fantastic food partner: Sugarfire Smokehouse BBQ!! They will be creating a specialty sandwich & side that comes with some incredible BBQ sauce made with our RallyPoint Rye Whiskey! And best of all, it’s all included in your ticket.

Keep your eye on this blog/website and our social media as we continue to announce more of the awesome features that will make this 630 Day one for the books!

Cheers to only a few more weeks of waiting…

Whiskey, Rebellion, & Wildwood

This past Saturday, Adam and I got to join the Wildwood Historical Society at Strathalbyn Farms Club in Wildwood, MO for an afternoon of clay pigeon shooting, history, and delicious whiskey!

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We shot from 14 different stations at clay pigeons, launched two at a time.  Luckily our friend Joe Stuchstedde let us borrow one of his over/under shotguns.  Too bad he didn’t let us channel some of his skill too… Joe ended up taking top shot honors on the day for hitting 79/100 targets!  Adam and I were in a dead heat for last place, and I just barely edged him out by a single miss!

We were also joined by our friends, Bill & Kup, owners of The Big O ginger liqueur.  It’s always a good time with them!

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More Medals!!

I am so proud to announce that StilL 630 Distillery has now won medals for our spirits at multiple contests!!  (Read the post about our first ever medals HERE)

ADI 2015 Medal Winning S.S. Sorghum Whiskey! ADI 2015 Medal Winning S.S. Sorghum Whiskey!

Our newest spirit, S.S. Sorghum Whiskey, won a Silver medal and a Best of Category medal at the 2015 ADI Spirits Judging!  The awards are determined on a point basis, like test scores equating to letter grades, so when we won the silver, we were then judged against all other equally-well scoring spirits and won the honor of Best of Category!

I’m so thrilled that this pet project has garnered such great acclaim.  It’s a dream come true to watch something go from idea to barrel and then win a medal for excellence.  It fires me up and challenges me to do better.  And that’s why I started this distillery, to strive for greatness and continue to improve.  Like the indomitable spirits I create, I am just getting better with age!

 

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Boozy Ice Cream!

There are great combos, historical combos that everyone loves…  Peanut Butter & Jelly, Oreos & Milk, Ace & Gary, Tango & Cash… the list goes on.  But we’re about to combine two of your most favorite things: booze and ICE CREAM!  So I’m really excited to announce that we will be the exclusive distillery for St. Louis’ own: Clementine’s Creamery!

Clementine'sCreamery logoClementine’s Creamery is a phenomenal hometown ice creamery that produces delicious ice creams that are locally sourced and hand-crafted to perfection.You can look forward to pints of deliciousness coming soon!  This is the summer’s hottest new treat and you’re hearing about it in February… You’re Welcome!!

Geekly Podcast #83!

Last summer, I was at a local event doing a tasting like usual.  And amidst talking to all the interested people, I met a couple guys who produce an awesome podcast called Geekly Podcast.  I began listening to it, and the geek in me really enjoyed it. (I was an English major, I love stories of all kinds… movies, tv shows, comics, etc…)

Fast-forward to last month when the Geekly team: Melwheezy, Tech Dre, and D-Jedi came out to the distillery and set up all their equipment and we had a great time talkin’ (and drinking!) St. Louis whiskey!

Check it out here: GEEKLY PODCAST #83 Geekly Podcast Official Logo

Big thanks to Tech Dre, Melwheezy, & D-Jedi for having me on!!

HUGE NEWS!!

This distillery started as a dream in my head 5 years ago, and in that time, through relentless hard work and an indomitable spirit, I’ve manifested this dream into reality.  And today, I got word that StilL 630 is now an AWARD-WINNING DISTILLERY!!!

ACSA GOLD MEDAL 2015 GOLD MEDAL WINNER!

We won medals at the American Craft Spirits Association’s spirit judging at their conference in Austin, TX!  To be more specific, our S.S. Sorghum Whiskey won a Bronze Medal!  Our Soulard Island Rum won a Bronze Medal!  And our RallyPoint Maple Sunset won a GOLD Medal!!

2015 BRONZE MEDAL WINNER! 2015 BRONZE MEDAL WINNER!

 

 

 

 

I could not be more thrilled.  Sidni and I were literally jumping for joy (and quickly toasting in celebration!).  It’s simultaneously humbling and incredibly validating to receive such honor.  For me personally, it’s validation that I was right for pursuing my dream; that I AM good at this, that there IS a bright future for StilL 630.  And also, it is objective proof that all her love and support of me and my dream was well-founded.  I am so incredibly excited!!

And though I’m the one in here making the spirits by hand, this could never have come to fruition without the support and help from countless people.  If I tried to thank them all here, I would fail and forget many people whose help was crucial, and I don’t want to forget anyone.  So instead, I’d just like to send a special thank you to a special few.

My wife, Sidni, for supporting me and allowing me to chase this dream for our family.  To my Dad, for all his hard work helping in the distillery and support in general.  To Jennifer and Jeffrey, for their volunteering and encouragement.  To Jim, Dyke, & Ben, for believing in me and stepping up to join this crazy venture.  And perhaps most of all, to Troy & Dana, without whose support, advice, and encouragement this would not have happened.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.  And I hope these medals are just another reassurance that you were right to believe in me.

And of course, a huge THANK YOU to all our fans and supporters out there who love our spirits!  Cheers to StilL 630 and even better times ahead!!

Starting strong…

2015 is off to a rocking start for us!  We’ve got in a bunch more barrels that we’re slowly filling and we continue to get into great restaurants and bars… perhaps the biggest of the recent victories is Schnuck’s at Ladue Crossing.

Ladue SchnucksThis is the location closest to my house and therefore where I do most of my (last minute) grocery shopping.  It’s incredibly satisfying to finally go in there and see StilL 630 on the liquor shelves!!  Each new restaurant, bar, or liquor store that picks us up is a big deal and I get excited each and every time, but this one in particular is meaningful.  This is one of those places I’d envisioned long ago when this distillery was just a dream in my head.  And now it’s real.  It’s truly an incredible feeling and I hope that all of you get to experience what it’s like when your dreams that you’ve worked so hard for, start to come true.

Cheers!

RFT Holiday Spirits Follow Up

We had a great time at the very cool Third Degree Glass factory back in December for the Riverfront Times Holiday Spirits event!

Here is their recap video:

Join us next year!!

Go Time!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I can’t believe that it’s now 2015.  Twenty-FIFTEEN!  We are in the future.  And that’s awesome.

Obviously, there is a lot wrong with the world, and in our little corner of it as well.  But I personally choose to believe that there is much, much more right with the world.  The media intentionally feeds us death, horror, and treachery, because that gets ratings.  But I think if we step back, we see a much brighter picture.  More human beings across the planet have better access to health care than ever before in history.  Standards of living are on the rise everywhere.  We are living longer and in better quality.  Our technology is mind-boggling.  This very forum I’m writing on was unimagined when I was a kid.  The internet continues to connect us and let us interact and create like never before.  And I think that free-sharing of ideas, experiences, and knowledge is truly our best hope for the future.  The more we understand each other and communicate on the same page, the better off we will all be.

But I also think that in order to improve our world, we must first each improve ourselves. I believe I’m a better person than I was 12 months ago.  Not by magic nor simply surviving another year on this planet, but because I have consistently and relentlessly worked at improving myself.  Little aspects, little tweaks here and there, like drops off the still, eventually add up to something big.  And I’m nowhere near perfect – ask my wife – but you can be damn sure that 2015 David Weglarz is a better version than the 2014 model.

Last year I shared my own personal goals for the year, and I got a lot of positive feedback,so I’ve decided to do it again.  Here are my personal goals for 2015:

My #1 Goal:
-Be the best Father & Husband I can be

Distillery-Related:
-Introduce 4 new spirits
-Double distillery output
-Have 60+ barrels aging on Dec 31st, 2015
-Barrel Age 12 cocktails
-Throw a great 3rd Annual 630 Day Party!
-Obtain out of state distributor
-Add Event Calendar to website
-Blog & Social Media Current
-Launch cocktail videos
-Have an intern
-Successful Mardi Gras
-Win Spirit Medal
-Sell First Private Single Barrel
-Frame Posters

Personal:
-Read 12 books
-Cook 12 new (to me) dishes
-Make 24 new (to me) cocktails
-Go to 6 new (to me) STL restaurants
-Run 100 miles
-Bike 600 miles (or MR340)
-Bike Katy Trail
-Lose 10 pounds (start 248)
-Celebrate Birthdays & Anniversaries
-Complete 4 Short Stories
-Complete 4 Poems
-Finish children’s book
-Catch up w/Journal before March 1st
-Frame Life Goals
-Go Diving Twice
-Go Camping
-Go Hiking
-Go Rafting/kayaking
-Taxes done before February
-Visit Chicago
-Visit Indy
-Visit Louisville
-Visit a new city
-Leave the Country
-Grow successful garden
-Increase Flexibility
-Finish Stained Glass for (gift)
-Finish Climbing Picture
-Finish Guest Room (paint/hang pictures)
-Complete An Athletic Event
-No Procrastination, FWYS GOADI
-Support a Charity
-Volunteer
-Fully Organize basement

I have high hopes for 2015.  And I think that we must let the past be past and look to the present and on to the future.  We have to actively break free from the negative cycles that have steered our lives so far.  Don’t make excuses.  Make plans to achieve your goals.  And then go out there and make it happen.

Dreams don’t come true.  They are MADE true.

So we raise a glass, to our best year yet!

Cheers,
David

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