Locally born and raised cousins Nick
and Ian Lee
have officially announced the opening of Lee Spirits Co.
sometime soon in the downtown area. The distillery will focus solely on gin
production for the foreseeable future, with an emphasis on its tasting room, says 34-year-old Nick. (Ian is 29.)
Lee Spirits Co. follows in the footsteps locally of only a few other spirits makers: Distillery 291
, Axe and the Oak
In a state with an increasing number of distilleries
, Nick believes Lee Spirits will be the only that solely focused on gin, versus outfits like Leopold Bros.
, who do make a gin, but also a wide array of other spirits.
The company is now officially licensed, says Nick, though they aren't yet ready to disclose a physical location due to some potential last-minute shuffling; actual doors opening should come as soon as a couple months out, though.
When it does open, expect a cocktail menu built entirely around the house gin, highlighting "pre-prohibition-style and more modern cocktails," according to Nick, "with a goal of showing people that 'hey, you like gin, you just didn't know it because you haven't had it in a quality cocktail.'"
We'll have more info for you soon in our Side Dish column.