Tomorrow, June 27, marks the grand opening for Short Path Distillery, a gin-and-rum operation located in a former rubber factory in Everett. Started by three friends who found their passion for creating spirits in various ways, Short Path marries modern-day science and chemistry with classic distilling methods. The distillery gets its name from the process of distilling spirits in a pot still, as well as the "short path" each bottle takes to go from raw ingredients to your cocktail glass.
Those that stop by the facility can get a peek at the process and admire the copper pots that are the focal point of the room. There's a strong industrial feel to the space, and remnants of the old rubber factory can still be seen on the ceiling. There's natural light that seeps in through thick, square, glass windows, creating dramatic shadows and pockets of bright, sunny light. The room is outlined in exposed brick.
Just as the copper pots are the main attraction in the processing room, a long bar made from a slab of wood from a tree in Maine anchors the barroom. Copper accents adorn the bar, and circular tree stump disks provide a natural space to place a drink. A long communal table jets out from a back wall, providing more room to comfortably sip on some spirits. Opposite the bar, a thin but sturdy piece of wood makes for a great place to lean next to a drink. The wood used to make the bar was pulled from the ceiling and fixed up to fit into the space, a nod to its previous life.
The bar will be pouring samples of spirits as well as craft cocktails. Custom candle-holders will provide flickering ambiance. After this Saturday's grand opening, Short Path Distillery will be open Fridays from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Groups of five or larger can schedule weekday tours and events.