RICHMOND, Va. (RichmondBizSense.com) – Beer isn’t the only booze flowing out of Scott’s Addition.
Summit Avenue-based Reservoir Distillery is ramping up production in its 5-year-old space to increase its total whiskey production between five- and eightfold.
It’s filling its warehouse with steel fermenters and mash tanks, a new copper still and hundreds more barrels.
“Originally this was all part of a ‘proof of concept’ thing,” co-founder Dave Cuttino said of the distillery’s first few years in business. “Our stuff just kind of struck a nerve with the market and we haven’t been able to keep up with demand.” (In Virginia, Reservoir’s bourbon sells for $41.95 per 375-milliliter bottle.)
Cuttino and co-founder Jay Carpenter, 1990 Collegiate graduates, came up with the idea for Reservoir while drinking high-end whiskey. They thought they could make a better product than the one they were consuming, and put their first bottles of Reservoir on ABC store shelves in 2011.