Saturday, September 23, 2017

Summertime Sunrise Shoot with Washington D.C.'s One Eight Distilling

Let me preface this post with one thing -- I don't really like the dark, hard stuff. Bourbon. Whiskey. Rum. It's just not for me.

But that doesn't I don't respect/am not 100% fascinated how these spirits are made -- particularly when they are produced using local, organic ingredients.

Enter D.C.-based One Eight Distilling and my lovely friend Cara Webster, the communications maestro at One Eight, which is located in the up-and-coming Ivy City area.

A bit about One Eight (totally pulled from their website):
One Eight Distilling is named for Article One Section Eight of the Constitution, which among other things provided for the establishment of a district to serve as the nation’s capital. Our passion to build a distillery came from a desire to produce the finest spirits from grain to glass all within Washington, DC. We seek to continually make connections between people and our spirits, to use locally sourced ingredients, and to pay our respects to the time-honored traditions of distilling while bringing innovation and love to every bottle we fill.
Cara reached out to me a few months ago to ask if I would be interested in capturing photos at a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in celebration of their latest release: One Eight's Rock Creek Whiskey.

Naturally, I said yes.

Rock Creek Whiskey has a really interesting story. In addition to being sourced by local ingredients produced at the farm I visited, as well as others, it is the first whiskey to be commercially produced in the district since prohibition. How cool is that?

Side note: I wonder if ingredients sourced from farms this pretty make the whiskey taste even better. I'd bet yes. Then again, like John Snow, I know nothing -- particularly when it comes to whiskey.

Oh! And the coolest part about this gig? Getting to see my photos blow-up and displayed last weekend at the One Eight Rock Creek Whiskey release party. Yeah, I know, how cool?