After getting back home to Kelowna, I started looking more into commercial production details, the equipment necessary and ohhh yes, the dreaded business plan. After doing some research into commercial stills, I settled on one manufacturer, Arnold Holstein out of Germany. I was pretty sure that was the equipment I wanted to use, but I wanted to use it before purchasing just to make sure. I asked Arnold Holstein if they had any distilleries near by that used their equipment. To my surprise, there were two in Arizona. I called up each distillery and they agreed to let me come and try them out. Even though I had many years of experience doing personal distilling, I really did not have much knowledge into the business, distribution and marketing aspects of running a distillery.
During my time at each distillery I infused my knowledge with the business aspects of the business. On my return home, I finished up the business plan and approached my bank about my wonderful idea of opening a craft distillery. To my delight and surprise, they agreed and lent me what I was asking for. I immediately got on the phone with Arnold Holstein in Germany to discuss the production requirements I had for the stills. During my time working with the equipment in Arizona, I had identified some modifications that I wanted them to make for my stills. A few months later in October 2010, I secured a lease for the home of Urban Distilleries and January 2011 we were open for business. For the next three years I basically ate, slept and worked at the distillery as my passion for craft distilling blossomed.