As you may have heard, a fire devastated our cooperage recently and we basically lost everything inside. We're still sifting through the rubble and refining our business plan in an effort to stay viable over the next 12 months. We have secured a temporary "cooperage" in a repurposed sugarhouse nearby and are planning to stay in operation while we are rebuilding by focusing on the following two areas:
1. Brokering new white oak barrels: We have made a wholesale purchase of over 200 new 53 gallon high-quality white oak barrels made from Missouri white oak with a #3 char. We intend to test each barrel individually, and sell these barrels to our existing (and new) customers over the next 12 months until we are able to resume production. We plan to sell these barrels for the same price as we sold our Vermont-made 30-gallon barrels ($350).
2. Expanding our barrel rejuvenation services: We will continue to offer barrel rejuvenations in order to extend our customers' existing barrel supply. This is a labor-intensive process, but requires very little equipment and is a good way for us to keep the lights on next year.
We are asking for your help by considering purchasing 53-gallon barrels from us over the next year until we can start making our own barrels again, and/or allowing us to rejuvenate your used barrels to extend their life and keep us in business during this time of rebuilding.
Thanks so much for your support over the past couple of years, and we look forward to continuing to work with you.