Over the fall of 2011, Painted Stave Distilling was formed (originally known as Legacy Distilling but changed in the winter of 2013), and the next two years were dedicated to firming up the business plan, pooling their funds, courting investors, changing laws, searching and settling on a location, renovating a space to meet their needs, and seeking permission from their wives. Most of this was done while maintaining other careers... Ron, an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at a College of Medicine and Mike, running a non-profit, tasked with education policy reform.
In the winter of 2012, they met with the state to identify what they would need to open. As expected, current laws didn’t fit their needs and there would have to be new legislation to allow them to launch a stand-alone distillery that offered tours, tastings, and sales. At the same time, the state was contacted by Dogfish Head Brewery about a craft distillery law that would allow them to expand their current distilling operations in their brewpub.
Painted Stave Distilling and Dogfish Head worked together to craft legislation that incorporated the best of laws from around the nation, and with a little help from family and friends, were able to move it through the Delaware General Assembly by April of 2012. In the end, Delaware has one of the most accommodating Craft Distilling laws in the nation, providing them the flexibility they needed to build a successful business.