Todd Price from the Times-Pic broke this story last week, but it appeared to just go almost unnoticed, even by us! So I figured news this big bears repeating or even shouting from the rooftops. We’re getting a new distillery (Old New Orleans Rum is currently distilled over on a part of Frenchman you never knew existed, across from what looks like to be a concrete plant). One of the really important parts of the story isn’t even in the story, but found in a place many people don’t dare to venture, the Nola.com comments. Typically a bastion for neither nice nor typically well informed things, Todd used the comment section to update his story to inform us that not one, but two distilleries are on their way here! I’ve yet to track down anything on the second distillery, but I’m working on it. I haven’t seen anything new out of Todd, but when I do I’ll pass that around here too.
As far as the first distillery (the one we know about), Ian Nygren is opening Soc Au Lait (sack of milk) Distillerie at 301 N. Claiborne, or at least he is as soon as the city lets him put a distillery in a commercial neighborhood. From the Distillerie’s twitter feed it looks like things are going as planned and they’ll actually be allowed to move forward. Started in the late fall of 2009, it looks like New Orleans have locally produced Vodka on the shelf in early 2012.
Soc Au Lait plans to make two products when up and running. Voo Doo Vodka, which will be a corn based vodka that is distilled 5 times. Unsure of vodka made from corn? Another small distillery that has been winning fans over left and right uses corn, Tito’s out of Austin. In addition to the unflavored vodka, Soc Au Lait is jumping full on to the current sweet tea flavored vodka craze with a grain mash vodka base, also distilled 5 times.