Tate & Company Distillery
Crafting an American Dream
Chip Tate built the heart and soul of his first distillery with nothing more than a few dollars and the goodwill of friends. Tate & Company Distillery promises to be his most exciting chapter yet. Using the skills, expertise and relationships he has developed to date, Chip aspires to make Tate & Company the “Mecca” of the craft movement not only through his own distilling projects but through exciting collaborations craft and artisan distillers around the world.
Craftsmen, Dreamers, and Still-Makers
In 2008, Chip breathed new life into an old welding building nestled under a bridge where he welded and pounded out his own copper stills. Those original stills, the two of them, sat toward the back of the distillery. Nestled against the wall, their squat onion shaped pots atop circular brick bases and their narrowing necks disappeared up into the gloom of the ceiling. When those stills reached the end of their lives Chip, the craftsman, set out to hammer, weld, and handcraft four more.
Today, Chip and his team have hand hammered four new beautiful copper stills for his newest distillery. When these stills go online they’ll make Tate & Company Distillery one of the largest craft distillers in North America.
“Chip put a marker in the ground showing how a small-scale distillery could actually work.”
“Wild, wacky and experimental, Chip is Wile E. Coyote and Bugs Bunny morphed into one except the dynamite doesn’t blow up and light his lengthy beard on FIRE.”
Hand-crafting spirits is as much an art-form as it is science. Our love for artisanal products extends to using every aspect of our production in new and creative ways. From custom flight boards made from broken barrel staves and copper offcuts from our stills1, to high-quality apparel made here in the USA by local artisans, we strive in everything we do to create the ultimate craft experience.
1 Custom copper etched flight boards coming soon.