Gloucester has been known for it's fishing industry and over the years manufacturing of all types has taken hold here. Cape Ann Brewing Company has been established and now a maker of fine spirits. Bob Ryan and Dave Wood got together and started a dream. Ryan & Wood Distilleries,Inc. is now in the process of making that dream come true. Today I was given a tour of the operation by Bob and if his enthusiasm is any indication how well this venture will do.... then it's full steam ahead! The local flavor is evident,the product names reflect the area "Beauport Vodka", "Knockabout Gin" and soon to be released after a six month aging process "Folly Cove Rum".
Even the fermentation tanks are named after local schooners!
The Spirit of Cape Ann label!
Got to have the car graphics!
Bottles on display!
German made 600 liter alembic copper pot still!
Cleaning the still!
High pressure internal water jets clean still!
Barrels of rum!
Beauport Vodka bottle!
Beauport Vodka bottles waiting to be filled!
Farmers Distillers License!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!