Deep in the woods of Petersham, MA, a mile from the Quabbin Reservoir, the road turns to dirt. That's where we built our distillery, nestled in next to a small pond. We source fruit from farms in Central Massachusetts and New York to make Eau de Vie, or "water of life." This unsweetened fruit brandy captures the essence of the fruit at its ripest moment.
Our German-made copper still can only hold 50 gallons. That means every batch is hand-crafted and lovingly distilled, catching the heart of each run.
As a young man, Jerry backpacked through rural France. One afternoon in a town in the Pyrenees, he saw a sign for a distillery. He'd never been to one before, but he wandered in and had his first sip of Eau de Vie - a revelation! He's been chasing that fruit essence ever since. He's traveled to the former Yugoslavia, California, Austria, France and Germany, tasting alcohols made from pears, cherries, plums and apples. After a thirty year interlude as an immigration lawyer, Jerry is taking up the chase again, hoping to produce the flavors that enchanted him that afternoon in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.