LANSDALE — With an additional 528-gallon still, a new automated bottling line and more space, the recently unveiled addition at Boardroom Spirits gives the distiller the ability to makes four times as much vodka, rum, gin and other distilled beverages as it previously could.
The 2,400 square-foot addition also gives room for a new and improved tasting room and bar at the 575 W. Third St., Lansdale, location.
“It’s a much bigger space,” said Marat Marmedov, one of the co-owners. “It’s still an intimate environment. It’s still a cozy environment where you don’t feel like you’re in a big industrial space.”
This is actually just the first phase of what will be followed with more expansion at the business he, his wife, Zsuzsa Palotas, and his brother, Vlad Mamedov, started in 2016, Marat Mamedov said.
The next step will include facade improvements and outdoor patio space, he said.
The 2,400 square-foot addition was unveiled Nov. 2.
“It’s gonna allow us to really start elevating the cocktail scene of the burbs,” Mamedov said, describing it as being “almost” on par with places in the city.
James Cleland, who was recently hired as Boardroom’s first tasting room manager, turned that claim around.
“I’m gonna say they can be almost as good as us,” he said.
Cleland highlighted some of the cocktails now available.
“As far as I know, nowhere else in the USA can you get a mai tai with every single ingredient done in-house,” Cleland said.
Boardroom uses “all real ingredients, nothing artificial,” Mamedov said.
“We’d rather stand for something better, versus just becoming a mass market product just to sell it,” he said. “It might take us longer, but we’re not gonna take shortcuts.”
Tours of the distillery often include people from outside the local area, he said.
“We have people that come from New York City, from Delaware, New Jersey, from Allentown, Harrisburg, Allentown,” he said.
“Lansdale is not just another town on the map. It’s a destination town,” Mamedov said. “We’ve got the distillery, two breweries, fantastic restaurants.”
Boardroom currently has four full-time and 20 part-time employees and plans to hire more, along with investing more as it continues expanding, he said.
“As the town grows, we’re going to grow with it,” Mamedov said.
The Lansdale name is on bottles of the company’s products sold in other parts of the country, he said.
“For us, our goal is not only to grow the distillery, it’s to grow our community,” Mamedov said.
“It’s to grow Lansdale as a whole,” he said. “It’s our home.”
“I really look forward to helping Lansdale become a spot where people want to come, drink, eat, and hopefully, move and live,” Cleland said.
The tasting room hosts themed “Foodie Weekends” with Fry’s Catering and bi-weekly cocktail workshops with Mixie Chics, a release about the expansion said.
Hours of operation were listed as 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are required for distillery tours.
Information about Boardroom Spirits is available at boardroomspirits.com.
Corn used in the products is locally grown, Mamedov said.
“We try to source local as much as we can,” he said.
Waste product from the distillery goes back to the farm to be used as livestock food or in composting, he said.
Celebrity chef and entrepreneur Robert Irvine became a co-owner of the business in 2017, company information says.
Boardroom Spirits has also partnered with the owners of the Butcher & Barkeep in Harleysville for the recent opening of the Northbound restaurant in the former Souderton train station.