By Erica Nonni, Foodable Contributor
According to spirits entrepreneur Chad Butters, craft distilling is a “confluence of history [in which] spirits run deep.” Chad has made his home in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, whose history and characteristics inform his business approach. For a military veteran who has lived in many places, he is an encyclopedia of local folklore and a devotee of local farming and local partnerships. For a relative newcomer to the spirits industry, he is a model for anyone who dreams of opening a distillery.
Chad started Eight Oaks Craft Distillery Co. when he planted the first crop of soft red winter wheat just over a year ago. Next came the revival of Pennsylvania’s original moonshine and experiments with London Dry and Western style gins. Today, only about six months since Eight Oaks broke ground for its distillery, he has developed a product line, engaged local partners and investors, built an events space, and navigated the particularities of local distribution.Read More