We started as home brewers. We remember the pride of being able to place a pint of really good beer in front of a friend (or acquaintance, or stranger); to see the widening of the eyes as they tasted how good it was; and to be able to say “We made that.”
In 2010, to take a break from our active and busy lives, we took a class on distilling one weekend in Geneva, NY. What began as fun became a mild obsession, and now has become a business that we are building with our hands to make the best spirits we possibly can.
We are asked all the time about the name we chose for the distillery. Some, with a limited understanding of geography, think the Appalachian Mountains are only in the south. In fact, they stretch from Georgia to Maine and beyond, and our beloved Green Mountains form part of the backbone of one of the northernmost reaches of the range.
Here in Vermont, a ‘gap’ is a mountain pass that runs generally east to west, and a ‘gulf’ is a mountain pass that runs north to south. Appalachian Gap, our namesake, is on Vermont Route 17, the highest point on the road that runs between Bristol and the Champlain Valley and Waitsfield in the Mad River Valley.