Visit Our Distillery
Zoetropolis is a cinema stillhouse that offers the option to eat, drink and watch at our theatre. Our distillery will begin tours in the fall/winter of 2018.
Take a Tour
Distillery Tours will soon be available to the public and will feature talks on our first spirit release, Silver Rum. Join us as we walk you through the history of Rum and Rum production. The tour will feature our unique equipment with an upfront look at the distilling process from fermentation to distillation. After the distillery talk, the tours will end with a tasting of our spirits for your enjoyment.
Nate Boring is the distiller for Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse and he exudes the essence of a born maker and doer. Nate has always been an artist and creative person from his college years focusing on fine art metalsmithing to careers in architectural blacksmithing and Art education. A highly motivated and playful curiosity for spirit making originated from his experimentation with homebrewing many years ago. Pairing his artistic versatility and palate made Nate’s transition to distiller an exciting one. When he first tasted his very own spirits, he was thrilled about the possibilities. We can’t wait for you to try your first sip at our new Cinema Stillhouse.
The Journey of Rum
Rum was the quintessential spirit of early America but lost much of the market share to whiskeys which could be grown with the grains that were more readily available than the molasses that were used to make rum. The popularity of whiskey remained until World War II when it exploded in popularity.
"During the war, American distilleries were enlisted to produce industrial alcohol for the war effort, and once again the whiskey supplies began to dwindle. Even the whiskey bottles had to be made to new government standards that called for thinner glass and no unnecessary designs. Strangely enough, one of the major beneficiaries of World War II was the rum industry, the very enterprise that, in America, had fallen on the heels of the whiskey business some 150 years previous. Since rum was made nearby, in the Caribbean, and therefore was easy and relatively inexpensive to transport to the U.S., it became the drink of choice of many Americans beleaguered by both the shortage of whiskey and a lack of money. By 1945, Americans were consuming about three times as much rum as they had in 1941. Wartime dance bands didn’t just sing “Rum and Coca Cola,” they drank it, too."
- The Book of Bourbon
The above information is written by the authors, Gary Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan.