The idea of a distillery started when three paddling friends were on a roadtrip to Victoria BC to compete in a dragonboat festival. Bryan could always make a mean limoncello, and we thought it would be fun to be able to mass-produce and make some money with it rather than giving it away at parties and using it as a post-festival celebratory libation. Bryan started to do tons of research, and built a small still to experiment with. Just before filing for our business license, life's plan dwindled the original three down to two - husband/wife team Bri and Bryan Toedtli. Drop Shop Distillery LLC was formed on March 11, 2016.
Bryan's high school friend Kevin Barrett had started Swallowtail Spirits in Springfield, Oregon, and we soon teamed up with him to contract-bottle our spirits to get them on the shelf and start generating some revenue to purchase our equipment. We filed for our own DSP license through the federal and state governments, and we received our permits on August 4, 2017.
What a wild ride it's been, thanks Kevin for helping us to get started!