New World Distillery opening this fall in Eden

Monday , August 29, 2016 - 6:00 AM2 comments

SONJA CARLSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

EDEN — There’s a new distillery coming to the Ogden Valley.

New World Distillery, founded by Chris and Ashley Cross, is a craft distillery opening in Eden this fall.

The couple first began the venture in 2014, Ashley, who is the secretary of the Distiller’s Guild of Utah and an executive board member of the Ogden Valley Business Association, said in an email to the Standard-Examiner.

“We still can’t pin-point an exact opening date, although we are getting close…Our major equipment installation takes place the last week of October,” she said. “We will be in full production mode Nov. 1, at the latest.”

Ashley said they have received Federal Licensing Approval are the 11th DSP (Distilled Spirits Plant) in the state.

“Our timeline, from this point forward, is dependent on both final County and State approvals,” she said.

The distillery, which is under construction at 4795 E. 2600 North in Eden, will be the first and only distillery in Utah to produce agave spirits, Ashley said.

“We are also sourcing non-GMO barley for our Vodka and neutral grain spirits made from organic corn for our Gin,” she said.

There will be plenty of local flair to the distillery.

“Our building has been designed to look like a barn, in an effort to embrace the agricultural motifs most associated with the Ogden Valley. … Our builders, The Peterson Builders, are longtime Ogden Valley residents who have supported our aesthetic and environmental vision from the start of the project,” Ashley said.

And with the exception of their vodka bottle, all bottles will have labels featuring designs from local artist, Tyler Davis of 42Brushes. All labels will be screen painted.

“We hope to build a legacy relationship of trust with the community over a shared love of craft spirits and geographic pride,” Ashley said. “ A portion of the profits from the sale our our Ogden Valley Vodka goes to support Ogden Valley Non-Profits.”

Chris, who is also head distiller, said in a news release that the distillery is adopting “green processes and presenting them with 100 percent transparency to the public.”

“We are installing a fully recirculating water cooling system that allow us to avoid putting any of our cooling water down the drain,” Ashley said. “We are also disposing of our solid waste by means of a custom wastewater evaporator, another example of our commitment to responsible use of natural resources.”

Ashley and Chris are both members of the American Craft Spirits Association and the American Distilling Institute.

To learn more about the New World Distillery, visit its website at newworlddistillery.com or its Facebook page at facebook.com/newworlddistillery.

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