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St. Louis Business Journal
By Jacob Kirn
September 6, 2013

Tempest Distillery prestart-2nd floor

Distillery Coming to Midtown

A small group of investors plans to open a distillery and bar next spring at 3137 Locust St. in midtown.

Tempest Distilling & Spirits Co. will be environmentally sustainable in both design and operation, said Joy Christensen, the project's primary investor and the owner of The Fountain on Locust restaurant, located about a block east from Tempest.

She and her husband bought the building for $195,000, and have already invested $60,000 in repairs. They estimate it will take at least another $200,000 just to get the business running.

Thirty-two-year-old Rob Vossmeyer, who will act as distiller for the business, hopes first to produce unique gins and vodkas. Eventually, he wants the stills to produce darker whiskeys and bourbons, which take time to age.

"This is my first opportunity to pursue a passion and a career that's important to me," he said, adding that although there are a handful of other distilleries in town, including Square One in Lafayette Square, he thought there was space in the marketplace for Tempest.

The 10,800-square-foot building will house a gift shop at the front, stills extending to the rear and a bar on the second floor, where Tempest's liquors will be sold.

Renovations are in initial stages, but the group plans to take advantage of tax credits, including the Missouri State Historic Tax Credit.

Tempest investor Erich Kollinger said the business will also work with Set the PACE St. Louis, a program that provides fixed rate, long-term financing for energy upgrades.

Kollinger said PNC Bank, in tandem with PACE, will provide much of the project's financing.

The 3137 Locust St. building will require a new roof, among many other upgrades.

Kollinger said Tempest will use geothermal and solar technology. Although plans are still preliminary, the group hopes for LEED certification or a similar stamp of approval for sustainability.

But most important, Kollinger said, will be Tempest's product.

"We are going to push the envelope to do what the big boys can't do," he said.


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