A Chance Meeting

In the summer of 2011, Ron Gomes, Jr. and Mike Rasmussen were introduced by a mutual friend, though it turns out they had crossed paths years prior at a party or two… Independently, we were both working on plans to open a craft distillery in Delaware but approaching the idea from different directions. Ron was focused on crafting a solid business plan, doing the market research, and talking with the right people. Mike’s attention centered on history, products, production techniques, and equipment.

A Shared Vision

We both knew we needed a partner to bring their idea to life. Our first meeting quickly went from an introductory conversation into an hours-long session as we realized our ideas were scarily aligned. We both knew that we wanted to open a distillery in Delaware that was fanatical about creating the finest craft spirits with local agricultural products. We both knew we had to have both a solid production and marketing plan if we wanted to keep the doors open. And we both knew that we would need the help of good-hearted folks to get it done. Over the fall of 2011, Painted Stave Distilling was formed (originally known as Legacy Distilling but changed in the winter of 2013), and we began working to launch the first stand alone craft distillery in Delaware.

Diamond State Straight Bourbon Whiskey

65% corn, 26% Rye and 9% Malted Barley, aged 2 years (30 g cask). Light auburn brown color, slightly sweet, with notes of oak, corn, toffee/caramel, oatmeal cookies and white pepper.