Owners and Barnard residents Peter Jillson and Anne Marie Delaney began SILO in 2013, with the belief that in utilizing Vermont’s naturally rich bounty they could provide a wonderful vodka for people looking for a local option. ‘I always knew I wanted to be back in Vermont. It’s where my family comes from, through eight generations. This is a place where handcrafted is a way of life, so why not a premium Vodka for vodka-lovers? I mean, a true craft product, made from start to finish right here in Vermont, by Vermonters.’
SILO’s distillers produce high quality spirits, start to finish, using premium local ingredients. Their process is completely hands on, starting with grain selection from Grembowicz Farm in North Clarendon, Vermont. The grain is fed by hand into a hammer mill, then it travels into the mash tun, where it is cooked and cooled over a six hour period to create SILO Distillery’s mash. Yeast and enzymes are added and the mash is transferred to a tank where it will ferment and turn into an oatmeal-like porridge of grain and water.
Located in Windsor, Vermont, in the same Artisan Park area as Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce, Vermont Farmstead Cheese, and Great River Outfitters, SILO is situated in a newly built barn distillery. The space is uniquely designed to support sustainable production as well as offer the public a full tour, tasting and cocktail experience, inside and out. Sustainability is part of their process; recycling the water used throughout distillation, and sending spent grains to farmers to use for feed. The two-story building is rich with the smells of pine and cooking grains, offering beautiful acoustics for local musicians against a backdrop of the stainless steel and copper of SILO’s custom German distillation equipment. Their tall column produces vodka and their short column produces more flavorful spirits such as whiskey, brandy, and Solstice. Everything is done right in their barn distillery. The team is the heart of SILO. There are 3 stages of spirit collection, called cuts: heads, hearts, and tails. At SILO, they’re all hearts, all day.