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Captive Spirits’ Big Gin can be found in limited releases at a few local bars, but you have to wait till June 1 to buy your own bottle.

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Shipwreck Design, the local team of Chris Jordan and Megan Leedom, did the excellent design work for Captive Spirits’ bottle labels, business cards, and more.

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The lab where Capdevielle and co. test recipes. Through rounds upon rounds of blind taste testing, the crew eventually came up with a recipe that was consistently picked in the top three, and that’s what you’ll get now if you ask for a Big Gin martini or tonic.

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A plush armchair sits watch over the 100-gallon copper and stainless steel pot still from Vendome. The garage doors roll up to reveal Captive Spirits’ water-storage tanks (the distillery recycles water for the condenser), and a parking lot that will play host to guests during the June 2 party.

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The Vendome still is open-fired, which means it stands above a burner and the liquid inside is directly heated by an open flame. Capdevielle says they wanted to minimize initial overhead and then expand as the business grows, thus the relative simplicity of the set-up.

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Well-known Kentucky still maker Vendome provided Captive Spirits with its 100-gallon pot still.

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Captive Spirits filters its water down to zero parts-per-million to ensure that it doesn’t affect Big Gin’s taste. It also means there’s incredibly tasty water lying around when someone gets thirsty.

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Captive Spirits had just recently finished distilling a batch of gin, these two carboys hold 60 bottles worth. Capdevielle also pointed out that it is an air-powered distillery, using compressed air to blow particulates out of bottles, and a diaphragm pump to move spirits around.

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Robinson started this chalk drawing of the Big Gin logo on the chalkboard by the doorway. Keep an eye on the Captive Spirits Twitter feed to find out when and where you can try Big Gin, available for sale at the distillery starting June 1.

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