Rachel Gardner, left, and Pia Carusone plan to open Republic Restoratives Distillery this summer.

 

Ivy City — home to New Columbia Distillers, One Eight Distilling and Atlas Brew Works — is getting another boozy tenant: Republic Restoratives Distillery.

The new distillery is owned and operated by Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner, longtime friends with backgrounds in politics and sustainable natural resource development, respectively.

The distillery, expected to open this summer, will be housed in a two-story, 24,000-square foot warehouse at 1369 New York Ave. NE, across from the Hecht Warehouse. The focus will be on bourbon.

“We’re watching trends in this country move towards younger bourbon drinkers and women, people who have maybe been a little timid about bourbon,” Carusone says. “We’re interested in a product that is approachable, something that’s not too hot or spicy on the tongue.”

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The Indiegogo campaign has raised more than $41,000 in fewer than 24 hours.

Republic Restoratives will launch with a charcoal-polished vodka while the bourbon comes to full maturation, which will take about 18 months. “We’re not going to serve it until we would drink it,” Carusone says.

Eventually, Republic Restoratives plans to release a rye, cordials and other vodka varieties.

In addition to tours of the facilities, the distillery will have a tasting bar featuring cocktails with their liquor and distilling classes.

“We want people to experience how bourbon is made, understand what goes into the cocktail you’re drinking,” Carusone says. “We’re seeing that with food and wine, but now more and more with spirits too.”

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