Appalachian Gap Distillery started as home brewers. They remember the pride of placing a pint of really good beer in front of a friend (or acquaintance, or stranger), see them widen their eyes, and to be able to say 'Yeah, we made that.' In 2010, to take a break from their active and busy lives, they took a class on distilling one weekend in Geneva, NY. What began as fun became a mild obsession, and now it’s a business dedicated to making the best spirits they possibly can. They built a 7,500 square foot solar-powered distillery in order to craft a line of delicious, unique spirits that will delight the senses.
The members of Appalachian Gap are constantly asked about the name they chose for the distillery. Some, with a limited understanding of geography, think the Appalachian Mountains are only in the south, but they actually stretch from Georgia to Maine and beyond. Washington County’s beloved Green Mountains form part of the backbone of one of the northernmost reaches of that range. In Vermont, a ‘gap’ is a mountain pass that runs generally east to west, and a ‘gulf’ is a mountain pass that runs north to south. Appalachian Gap, their namesake, is on Vermont Route 17, the highest point on the road that runs between Bristol and the Champlain Valley and Waitsfield in the Mad River Valley.