Extracted from 1769 Distillery
The birth of an urban distillery, at the pulse of a vibrant metropolis began as a dream and is now a reality. “When my husband announced that he wanted us to start a distillery, I thought he was going through a mid-life crisis and losing his mind!”, quips Maureen David, President of 1769 Distillery.
That’s what happens when you take a passion to the extreme. Visiting distilleries was always part of the couple’s itinerary while travelling. From Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, to distilleries both large and small in Europe and North America, there was always a fascination with the art of distillation. “We were on a hunt to discover small distilleries tucked away in little towns or in the countryside. We wanted to know their stories. We wanted to experience the revival of small batch spirits where the main objective of these passionate distillers was quality,” says Maureen.
Andrew Mikus is Maureen’s partner, both in life and business. They met in the late 80’s while both were pursuing careers in television. Andrew is also partnered in another business, a film and television post-production facility located near the distillery. “At this stage of my life, I wanted to diversify into something that I had a personal interest in. The main thing is to have fun building a business while creating classic spirits using traditional methods that I can call my own.” Andrew’s passion for the craft of distilling drove him to become certified as a Master Distiller. Soon after, the equipment was purchased and the permits were in place.