Life is good when you are able to double your businesses capacity to keep up with customer demands. That’s exactly what is happening with craft spirits maker Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
The consumer demand has prompted Donner-Peltier Distillers, founded in 2012 to add a third still for the distillery and has allowed them to almost double their capacity to 1,600 gallons.
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Veronica, Our 1st Still
Their first still was a 50 gallon Kothe still hand made in Eislingen, Germany. Veronica has been going strong since 2012.
Betty, The 2nd Still
Stella, The 3rd and Newest Still
Their newest still was handmade in Louisville, Kentucky by Vendome Copper and Brass Works. Stella is a hardy 750 gallon still. Only time will tell if Stella will find true love at the distillery.
Q: Stella, How was your first stripping run?
A: Stella: Actually, I was sorta thrilled by it.
The addition of the new still not only just about doubles the total capacity from 850 to 1,600 gallons but it also opens up the capability to begin developing new products.
Why Stills Are Made of Copper?
“After a few years of rapid growth, we found ourselves unable to keep up with demand for our products, especially our newest product, LA1 Whiskey, which has been a hugely successful spirit,” said Tom Donner, co-owner and co-founder of Donner-Peltier Distillers. “In order to continue growing with new products, we decided to purchase a third still which will be dedicated to full-time whiskey production.”
Donner explains Donner-Peltier Distillers rapid rise to success. “Don’t take shortcuts; use Louisiana agricultural products; and listen to the customers,” he said. “The result has been a solid portfolio of Gold Medal winners, and nothing gives us more pleasure than to have a customer tell us how much they appreciate what we do.”
The company’s growth has resulted in the hiring of a third full-time distiller, and Donner-Peltier Distillers plans to hire additional warehouse and bottling employees later in the year.
Donner-Peltier Distillers creates distinctive spirits using authentic Louisiana ingredients. Its diverse product line is currently made up of Oryza Gin, Oryza Vodka, Rougaroux Sugarshine Rum, Rougaroux Full Moon Rum, Rougaroux 13 Pennies Praline Rum and its newest product, LA1 Whiskey.