The Mad Brewer '99
March 16, 1999
Man, this place is out in the sticks! But it's beautiful, inside and out.
They didn't let us into the warehouse, but we went everywhere else.
|They call the fermenting vessels "washbacks", Lord knows why. Anyway, they are pretty big, this is what they look like when emtpy|
|This is a full washback, normally they are covered.|
|This is the gift shop, lots of cool trinkets, we
picked up some bar towels.
They charge a small fee for the tour, but it includes a dram at the end.
|The control center, these places are pretty high tech.|
|A model still in the gift shop|
|Our tour guide, and Kim and Harry by the malt bin.|
|Harry plays 20 questions, which our tourguide is happy to answer, because we are the only people in the place, let alone on the tour.|
|Why do they have to de-stone the malt, all they would need to do is not smoke it in the first place...|
|The mash tun is huge.|
|More destoning, I think.|
|Ken would like to take one of these home, preferably full, but not for very long.|
|The gift shop from the outside.
They have an awesome tasting room here, but no pictures. Its the smoking room from an old cruise ship, all wood, very ornate.
|The dislillery from afar.|
|Ken plays tourist|
|Kim and Harry's turn|
|This is the spirit safe, is this cool or what? The distiller turns the knobs at stategic points in the dislilling process to seperate the feints and the low wines from the good stuff. It flows through here like a river.|
|All the stills have the same shape, but each distillery has their own style.|
|Kim and the still.|
|They've got lots of stills.|
|Here's a couple more.|
|Our tour guide, hard at work.|
|Gathering around the washbacks. They run about 10 feet below the floor.|
|The tun room contains lots of washbacks.|
|Those pesky warehouses, full of the good stuff, that we don't get to see.|
|The lids to the washbacks are wooden, but the washbacks themselves are steel.|
|Kim takes a peek under the hood.|