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Who we are…

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]Despite how it may appear – we are not an Australian Shepherd and St. Bernard starting a distillery. Those are our dogs, Wallaby (the Aussie) and Walter (the St. Bernard, and he goes by Walt). You will see them a lot, because they are a big part of our lives and they go on adventures everywhere with us. We are Brandon and Maura, a couple living in a tiny cabin in Juneau, Alaska. And the picture above, that is the beach our cabin is perched above. In the spring, the whales feed along the beach, orcas swim by regularly, we catch salmon and bald eagles swoop in for the scraps. In short, it is amazing.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.amalgadistillery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/mandb.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]I’m Brandon – I’ve been living in Alaska for nearly 20 years now; 14 of those right here in Juneau. I’ve been lucky to do so many unique things living here. I’ve commercial fished in the summers, done research on our salmon populations with NOAA and guided people around Southeast Alaska aboard a 52 foot sailboat. I am a University of Alaska Southeast graduate with a degree in biology. Despite my biology and chemistry background, my passion is in the arts. I am a potter and the artistic coordinator for a local art studio that is inclusive of adults with developmental disabilities. Maura, my partner and better half, is newer to Alaska, but it is where her heart is. She came here from Minnesota and fell in love with the dramatic scenery and incredible community that is Juneau. She is a kindergarten teacher and a potter and an impressive wood splitter (our little cabin is heated by a wood stove).

 [/x_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.amalgadistillery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_8961.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_text]So – a biologist turned potter and a kindergarten teacher wanting to make gin and whiskey? It is actually something we’ve been planning for quite a while. For those of you who already know us, you almost certainly know about The Spruce Goose. Our humble little cabin doubles as our favorite bar to entertain friends, and we truly believe The Spruce Goose is the best cocktail bar in Alaska. We are creative and adventurous with our cocktails, but meticulous. Every component that we can tend to ourselves, we do. From bitters made with local harvestables, to brandied cherries and garnishes – we like to hand make everything. Combine the passion for making everything from scratch and our love for excellent whiskey, and it only makes sense that we should want to make the most essential component of our cocktails ourselves. We began plotting…[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section parallax=”false” bg_image=”” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.amalgadistillery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_6941.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]We already came to the table with a good skill set. Maura and I were whiskey nerds; taking notes and keeping logs and hosting small tastings. I enjoy home brewing, and together we have made ciders and wines – so we knew about fermentation. But we had to set out to learn about the actual process of distillation, which meant lots of reading and an apprenticeship with a very generous distillery down south (if you are reading this, and not from Alaska – “down south” means anywhere in the U.S. other than Alaska). After a couple of years doing our due diligence (and trying dozens and dozens of different whiskies), we felt like the time was right. We decided it was time to bring Amalga Distillery to life. During the next several months, we will be documenting the process until we open. You’ll get to see the progress on our space, see updates and learn about our custom Vendome potstill and we will share a bit about why we chose the name “Amalga” and why are we so focused on Single Malt Whiskey. Its going to be a great ride – we can’t wait. For now, we’re going to leave you with some pictures from around our home. That first one – that’s a humpback whale feeding along our beach at sunset![/x_text][x_share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”false” google_plus=”false” linkedin=”false” pinterest=”false” reddit=”false” email=”true”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.amalgadistillery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_7029-e1455921508524.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.amalgadistillery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_6276.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.amalgadistillery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_3770.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”popover” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]

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  • Teri Robus
    February 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Wishing you the best of luck with your new venture, Brandon and Maura!

  • Ralph Sabiel
    April 26, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Brandon,
    I hope your visit to Pleasanton and the lower 48 was a success.
    Give me a call if there is anyhing I can help with.
    Ralph
    Northern Ca Mentoring Group.

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