noun 1. a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.
Skeptics are curious by nature. We believe in free thinking and individuality. We believe there are always better ways to do things or different ways of solving problems, and that’s what makes life interesting. In the world of distilling, we wondered why spirits can’t be made fresher, faster, smoother and more flavorful than they are with traditional methods. Why couldn’t we fuse science and craft together to make something new….something unique….something better?
Karl started out as an avid homebrewer and craft beer enthusiast with a little dream of opening up his own brewery one day. After getting bitten hard by the craft beer bug, he dove headfirst into the pool full of alligators, piranhas and yeast that is homebrewing. His wife (at the time) was “skeptical” about his ability to craft a drinkable, much less GOOD, beer using that crusty old gumbo stock pot on their tiny kitchen stove. But then, lo and behold, she one day begrudgingly admitted that an IPA he fermented in a 5 gallon bucket tucked away in the back corner of a dark closet, behind the dusty dress shoes Karl never wore, with a wet t-shirt wrapped around it to keep it below room temperature, was “pretty okay.” That beer was thus christened the India Pale Skeptic Ale in honor of having turned a Skeptic into a Believer (well, not exactly, but you get the drift). It was official, the idea if not yet the company, Skeptic Brewing Co. was born.
Flash forward a few years and, adrift in the monotony of a sadly non-alcoholic position at a specialty cleaning solvent company (thrilling, we know), Karl is introduced to the idea of vacuum distillation, a practice already used to distill wines into brandies. The connection was instantaneous: he could use vacuum distillation not only to produce exceptionally clean and fresh vodka and gin, but also to turn craft beers into whiskeys! He spent the next years building a custom vacuum still and perfecting the recipe for Skeptic Gin, which would later earn it’s place on Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Spirits in the World, 2019.
Thus , Skeptic Brewing Co would be replaced by Skeptic Distillery. The rest, as they say, is history.