Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at House Spirits Distillery

Matt Mounts, Executive Distiller and Nice Guy
Matt Mounts, Executive Distiller and Nice Guy
Distiller Matt Mounts is a burly fellow with a disarmingly warm demeanor.
Apothecary Line
Apothecary Line
Specialty small-batch spirits such as Uchi no Kami shochu are on display in a glass case.
Copper Still at House Spirits Distillery
Copper Still at House Spirits Distillery
The old copper still is a thing of function and beauty.
Tails, Hearts, and Heads
Tails, Hearts, and Heads
A skilled distiller knows precisely when to cut off the harsh head and unpleasant tail of the distillation and captures only the aromatic, pure heart of the spirit.
Aromatics
Aromatics
Herbs and spices such as juniper berries, lavender blossoms, star anise, coriander, and caraway seeds flavor Aviation Gin and Krogstad Aquavit.
Steel Distillation Tank
Steel Distillation Tank
This old distillation tank resembles an antique underwater diver suit.
Steel Tanks
Steel Tanks
The steel tanks can be used for storing and aging, allowing spirits to mellow and bloom without imparting their own flavors the way wood barrels do.