This new Howard County business plans to make Columbia, MD. their new home
Lost Ark Distilling Co. is excited to announce their move to a new location. Due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond the control of the distillery ownership, the previous address of 9385 Washington Blvd. in North Laurel is no longer a viable location to open for business.
After more than 24 months of planning, Lost Ark Distilling Co. will finally be setting up to begin production at 9570 Berger Road, Suite L in Columbia, Maryland. Interior build out of the new location is set to tentatively begin in July 2016 and will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.
“Columbia offers some very unique opportunities for our type of business,” said co-owner Andy Debenham. “The expected growth in the coming years, as well as great support for agriculture and locally made products in this area, made it a natural fit for us.”
The owners, Brad Blackwell and Andy Debenham, say that the distillery will tentatively start production of spirits in August and are planning for a soft opening in early fall of 2016. The owners are embracing the Farm-to-Table and “Buy Local” movement with the crafting of their spirits. Their corn whiskey will be manufactured with 100% local corn and grains grown on Maryland farms. The two owners say that a majority of those grains will be purchased from Howard County farms, just a few miles from the distillery. They also plan to source most of their rum ingredients from Maryland companies as well.
“The distillery is fully funded and we have all our equipment in place to begin production as soon as construction is completed,” said co-owner, Brad Blackwell. “The early setbacks have only fueled our desire to bring a new flavor and industry to Howard County.”
Lost Ark Distilling Co. plans to launch with three products: Lady Anne White Rum, Terra Mariae Spiced Rum, and 1634 Corn Whiskey. Each product has a name rooted in Maryland history, along with a backstory that compliments the character of that spirit. After opening, the pair plans to begin barrel aging a Maryland Style Rye Whiskey and Bourbon. In addition, the distillery will offer seasonal products and a line of specialty liqueurs.
To stay up to date on the latest progress of the distillery, and to learn more about the company, please visit http://www.lostarkdistilling.com.