WIDOW JANE MINE DISTILLERY EXPANSION
Over the past few years, the demand for Widow Jane whiskies and bourbons has grown so significantly that, in order to keep up with these demands, an expansion of our Red Hook distilling facility was necessary. In our research we determined that our planned expansion would cause us to become the second largest consumer of power in Brooklyn. As Widow Jane whiskey has a deep commitment to environmental sustainability and self-sufficiency, this gross expenditure of energy was deemed unacceptable.
We found the solution to our expansion problem right at the heart of what makes Widow Jane so special – the rocks and water of the Widow Jane Mine itself.
Located in Rosendale, New York the unique limestone quarried from the Widow Jane mine, created the very foundation of New York City itself.
In 1970 the mine closed and since then, the pure water that bubbles up through that Widow Jane limestone, is what gives Widow Jane products its unique richness and flavor.
It also turned out that the 30 miles of limestone slabs inside the mine provides the perfect environment for aging and cooling our whiskies by naturally maintaining a year round temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Furthermore, the Widow Jane Mine contained a number of old kilns designed for breaking down limestone into powder for cement. We have figured out how to re-engineer these kilns to process bio-char (created by the gasification of the 40-60 tons of raw agricultural waste generated at our farm) that will run all of the distillery’s heating and steam needs.
Lastly, the CO2 and other waste produced by the distillery’s fermentations will be used – via aquaponics and algae reactors – to produce a line of organic micro greens and farm-raised catfish that will be sold to local markets.
And by incorporating the natural beauty of the Widow Jane Mine and the surrounding lands into our architectural plans, we will have created not only a prime tourist destination, but a research headquarters for farmers, craftsmen and all others interested in alternative energy, organic farming and carbon neutrality. By creating a cyclical relationship from farm to bottle to greens and fish, the expansion of the distillery will continue Widow Jane’s on-going project of combining cutting edge science with strongly held aesthetic beliefs to create the world’s best and most responsible whiskies and bourbons.