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)
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!
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’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!!
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
Big thanks to Tech Dre, Melwheezy, & D-Jedi for having me on!!
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!!!
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!!
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!!
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.
This 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.
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!!
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
-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
-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
-Taxes done before February
-Visit a new city
-Leave the Country
-Grow successful garden
-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
-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!
I just wanted to take a moment and wish a very heartfelt Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope that this holiday season is filled with loved ones, joy, and delicious holiday spirits!
So whether you’re curled up by the fire, opening presents under the tree, or watching your seventeenth straight hour of A Christmas Story, I hope that you are taking a moment to be thankful for all the blessings you have. I know I am.
Cheers, and Merry Christmas!!
PS. Maybe some of you were even lucky enough to have a special someone who got you a great gift from the distillery! (or maybe you bought yourself a little something!) If so, we’d love for you to take a picture of yourself & your gift and share it online!
I’m super excited to share the great news: our extremely limited edition RallyPoint Maple Sunset Rye Whiskey is now available at special locations around St. Louis for an extremely limited time!
It’s typically only available at the distillery or The Wine & Cheese Place, however, since we only have 26 bottles left, we wanted to do something fun and special with the remaining bottles. Maple Sunset is the perfect whiskey for the holiday season, so for the next couple weekends, this rare whiskey will be available by the cocktail at one specific location per weekend!
Starting Friday, December 5th, Maple Sunset will be available at Three Flags Tavern! So go check out a great place and get a glass and/or a cocktail while it lasts! Each special location only has a four bottles total, so when they’re gone, they’re gone!
I’m a big fan of Thanksgiving because I love eating and drinking otherwise socially-unacceptable amounts. When I was younger, it was an alright holiday, but far below Halloween and Christmas on my own scale. But as I’ve gotten older and my own family has grown, so has my appreciation for this holiday. I’ve stopped being as concerned with what I get for candy or presents and now I take much more enjoyment out of celebrating all the blessings in my life.
My life isn’t perfect. In fact, I hope no one’s is. Perfection sounds terribly boring. There’s no hope for improvement in the future, only fear of things worsening. Regardless, I feel immensely blessed by all the wonderful things in my life.
I have an incredible family that brightens my day no matter what has happened. A loving partner who has agreed to tie her star to mine and share our dreams. She’s a spectacular mother to our two little awesome dudes. Neither of them can form a sentence, but together they own my heart. And of course, Big Jake is always there to sneak a slobbery kiss on your face when you least suspect it! I love you all!
I have a spectacular extended family, brothers & sisters, father, in-laws, grand parents, aunts & uncles and cousins! A huge support network that genuinely and unselfishly wants the best for us and helps with the little guys whenever they can. I love you all!
I am so fortunate to have an incredible group of friends and though they are scattered far and wide, I know I can call on any of them at any hour and they would be there for me. I wish so badly that I saw you each more often, but regardless of whether it’s been a week or a year, I love you all!
I have a great helper in Adam Larkin, who selflessly does whatever is necessary to help the distillery grow. Many of you have enjoyed a drink somewhere around town because Adam did whatever was needed to deliver that bottle. Thank you, Adam.
I have the physical and mental capacity to pursue my dreams. Thanks to the support and patronage of great people in and around St. Louis, StilL 630 continues to grow. For that, I could not be more thankful.
I don’t mean to brag about everything I’m so fortunate to have; I want to burst with excitement. I don’t deserve it all, but I try to do my best to. And I’m sure going to make the most of all these blessings and, every day, be thankful for the wonderful things in my life. But the flip side of that, I feel, is to yourself be a wonderful thing in someone else’s life. And to know that there is someone out there who is thankful today to have me in there life… that is an incredibly humbling and exhilarating feeling.
And I want to say a special THANK YOU to each and every person who has ever had our spirits or helped our business. Without you, it would not be possible.
To everyone, I hope that you and your loved ones are together today, and that you have realize how much you have to be thankful for. God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving!