When I began this endeavor of building a distillery and making a fine American Whiskey, I knew always that I would begin in the dirt. That the grains I use would need to come from as close to the distillery as possible. For a time I even looked at buying a farm plot to establish the business.
As we at K J Wood Distillers approach our 1 year Anniversary I am proud to say that by years end 100% of our grains will come from within 3 miles of our mash tank and still. And I hope ever to make this the norm.
On July 4, 2014 I was privileged to spend a few hours with my family and take them to spend that time with Mr. Doug Penock of Berthoud, CO. Many long time locals will know him and his family as they are 3rd generation farmers in these parts. Having learned his craft from his grandfather and father; he now teaches the art of agriculture to his high school aged daughter.
To have our two families spend that time together was as great a celebration of America as one can have. We spent 2 hours driving the fields of corn, wheat, rye and barley that have been specially planted for our use. His cattle are fed on our spent grains, and the loop is closed and as it should be.
To spend such a day as that on the 4th of July reminds me of a Thomas Jefferson Quote from the 1780’s.
“Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth.”
We are committed to making our whiskey in the most honorable and authentic of American ways. For when you are doing something spiritual, you can’t rush the process.
Faic Tucson! Good Fortune!