Brixeur Spirits from Oregon, USA, says “Hi!”

Hallo! My name is Tatum Frey and I am the lead distiller at Brixeur Spirits in Oregon, US. My dad, James, bought a 500L and 10L iStill from you in 2020 and we have since launched a full brand that includes multiple gins, whiskies, and vodka.

The iStills have been vital to the success of our business and the iStill university/community is such a valuable tool for distillers everywhere.

Bedankt en proost!

Tatum Frey – Lead Distiller Brixeur Spirits

Dennis Mulder Explains Wine Bottle Size!


Wine bottles are usually 750ml (75cl) and not a litre (1,000ml), but where does this specification come from?

The capacity of a bottle of wine normalized in the 19th century and the craziest explanations for this fact emerged, which often corresponded to these hypotheses:

– The lung capacity of a glassblower;

Average consumption in a meal;

– The best ability to store wine;

– Ease of transport

Well, it’s none of that

In reality it is simply a practical organization with a historical basis: At the time, the main customers of French winemakers were the British.

The British unit of volume was the “imperial gallon” equivalent to 4.54609 litres.

To simplify the conversion accounts, they transported Bordeaux wine in 225-litre barrels, i.e. exactly 50 gallons, corresponding to 300 750ml bottles. (75 centilitres).

Since it was easier to calculate, they adopted a barrel = 50 gallons = 300 bottles.

In this way one gallon corresponded to 6 bottles.

Actually, this is why even today wine boxes often have 6 or 12 bottles.

I read about other theories but I must say I really liked this one.

source: Jonathan Chabat

Soligny Wins Best Brown Spirit Award!

Soligny Campagne Spirit is a grain to glass distillery from France. They make whisky from in-house grown barley. Veronique and Vincent, the owners, are amazing entrepreneurs. Amazing and successful entrepreneurs! Their whisky to be just got elected best brown spirit at the Vinexposium in Paris, France. A great and well-deserved reward for all of their hard work! See pictures underneath:

So … on behalf of the iStill Team: congratulations on your success and thank you for choosing iStill. And there’s more good news! Your follow-up order of another iStill 2000 and two iStill Fermenters 2000 is ready. Here are some pictures:

What’s next for the Soligny Distillery? Well, another batch of barley has just been planted on the fields …

Old Pilot’s Vodka Wins Big at IDS!

Thank you IDS for this fantastic review. Congrats to the Old Pilot’s Team for winning another major award:

“Fresh and deep aromas gently greet the nose. It has a suggestion of an elegant smooth and silky palate to come, with some citrus, vanilla pods and distant nutmeg, black pepper, freshly baked bread and spring flowers. There’s a definite whipped cream scent and touch of fine coconut.

Extremely smooth and round on the palate with no heat at all. It stays cool and refreshing with a lovely touch of richness balanced by some soft citrus notes. Complex and well composed, round and elegant. Definitely great to sip on its own or to be enjoyed on-the-rocks or as a dry vodka martini but it is so nicely balanced between aromas and flavours that it can work in many classic long drinks and a great range of cocktails too.

The finish is long and there’s a touch of vanilla and coconut mingling with the lovely citrus notes. An excellent example of a beautifully crafted wheat vodka with a mouth coating soft texture.”