Dirty Water is a micro-distillery located in the heart of Plymouth, MA. It is run by two brothers-in-law, Steve and Pepi. Steve has a background in computer science, Pepi has a Ph.D. in physics – they basically got together a few years ago and decided this would be something different and new to try. They have a philosophy of exploration and adventure, and encourage everyone to give new things a try whether it’s exploring new flavors or taking up welding – join them in the new.
We blame another brother-in-law, Matiss, for getting us started. His desire to start a brewery got us thinking, and our thoughts didn’t take us too far arriving at artisanal liquor. After studying the process for a year, we decided to make the leap. We found a great space in the heart of Plymouth, and set out to get all of our permits, licenses, and equipment. Another year later, and we were up and running.
We have two primary stills, both handmade by our friend Jesse Lupo up in St. Albans, Maine (Trident Welding). The larger (production) still is a 200 gallon version with a custom made copper bell. The smaller still is a 10 gallon scaled version of the larger, which allows us to do pre-production experimental batches at smaller volumes which can more easily be scaled to the larger still. Naturally these stills are named “Dr. Evil” and “Mini Me”… We also have several smaller glass stills that are used in both experimentation and proofing of our products.
We’re experimenting with new ideas all the time, our recent experiments have led us to a family of flavored vodkas, as well as our cranberry gin. Ongoing experiments are taking us in a unique direction, making whiskeys with the help of some of our close friends.