One Eight Distilling Releases Awesome Bottle and Label Designs for Gin, Vodka and Whiskey


From a press release:

One Eight Distilling, only the second distillery to open in Washington D.C. since prohibition, has released bottle and label designs for the first round of spirits to be sold by the distillery upon its opening in Summer 2014.

One Eight’s Rock Creek White Whiskey will be distilled and bottled in its warehouse from locally-sourced rye grain. Rock Creek White Whiskey’s design honors the history of mills and small distilleries in D.C., such as the historic Pierce Mill and adjacent distillery in Rock Creek Park. The laser cut image depicts the leaf of a beech tree, found throughout Rock Creek Park. Future whiskey releases will also explore this design theme.

One Eight’s Ivy City Gin, named after the neighborhood where the distillery is located, will also be distilled from locally-sourced rye grain and infused with botanicals in a dedicated gin still. The Ivy City Gin design evokes early city maps demarcating city lines with boundary stones. This intricate label is screen printed directly onto the bottle.

District Made Vodka will pay tribute to the ancient roots of vodka by also being distilled from rye but at the same time employing the latest filtering technologies for a smooth and clean flavor. The District Made Vodka design combines an urban industrial design with a hand-made aesthetic that is central to One Eight’s distilling style.

About One Eight Distilling

One Eight Distilling is named for Article One Section Eight of the Constitution, which among other things provided for the establishment of a district to serve as the nation’s capital. Founded by Alexander “Sandy” Wood and Alex Laufer, One Eight is currently renovating a warehouse in Ivy City with opening scheduled for Summer 2014. One Eight Distilling will sell spirits from its tasting room as well as distribute directly to District liquor stores and bars. One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.”

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  • jim_ed

    I know these labels are just pandering to my DC provincialism, but I don’t care – I will absolutely be buying the white whiskeys as housewarming gifts from here to eternity assuming its even half way decent.

  • justinbc

    Whoa, that’s like right around the corner from one of our vacant rental properties. Totally going to do a tasting/bottling/whatever + sleepover when they open!

  • Not the grammar police – (hell – I miss spelled grammar just writing this) but since this is a business trying to capitalize on local history etc. note that it is actually Peirce Mill, not Pierce Mill.

    • It’s the NPS. They probably spelled it wrong. They get a lot of stuff very very wrong.

      • I don’t know the percentage of NPS getting things wrong – but you are clearly wrong in this case. The owner of the mill was named Peirce.

        Peirce Mill has been called “a symbol of the nineteenth century, when America was predominantly rural and major industries were devoted to transporting, processing, and selling the produce of the land.” It was built in the 1820s, on the site of an earlier mill, by Isaac Peirce, a first cousin to the Peirces who created what became the famous Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Constructed with stones quarried from nearby Broad Branch, the complex included, in addition to the mill, a carriage barn, distillery, saw mill, spring house, nursery, and residence.Check the link

        • Fair enough. Millers from that time period probably weren’t particularly good at, nor concerned with, proper spelling anyway.

          • My point is – a local brewing company that is depending entirely on local name cache to sell their product needs to get it right. For pure taste there is no reason to buy a “Local” DC vodka over any of the other dozen or more great tasting – triple pure – whatever spirits available on the market. People who will pay more for local spirits want a story to justify the extra cost.

          • And I’m sure you’re aware that New Money DC of 2014 has a seemingly endless supply of disposable income to spend on absurd frivolities like these. They aren’t running a handle of Fleischmann’s vodka through a Brita filter like the rest of us. Or at least they’re not admitting it 😀

      • Nope. Definitely Peirce Mill

    • Agreed with Victoria. Not a big huge deal, just a matter of them switching two letters in their press release.

  • Those are some good-looking bottles. Hope the hooch is tasty, and not ridiculously overpriced. Some of these micro-distilleries have crazy pricing.

    • Very exciting. Hopefully their stuff is better than Green Hat’s

      • Green Hat’s current gin uses different ingredients and is way better than the stuff they offered initially. I get the impression that there are a lot of variables as they figure it all out. Best bet is to visit the distillery for a tasting and if it’s good buy, if not don’t.

    • There are now enough people in DC who don’t mind paying ridiculous prices for anything “local,” “artisanal,” or “craft,” that they could probably get away with pricing this stuff at $70 per liter and still sell all they could distill. And I’ll withhold judgment until I taste it, but I have yet to taste anything from a micro distillery that was anywhere close to as good as the top shelf stuff from larger brands. Alcohol is a bit unique in that higher prices don’t always equal higher quality.

  • Beautiful bottles! But I don’t drink. Maybe I can come up with some sort of partnership….they get the liquor, I get the “art”.

  • It depends on the price and quality. Gin? Sure. I could place a premium on it if they have a good recipe in order to support a local business. I happen to really like Green Hat. Vodka or white whiskey if it’s priced over $25/750mL? Hell no. You can get plenty of very good neutral spirits for a lot cheaper. The fancy bottle doesn’t make up for that.

    • Totally agree. Neutral spirits are never worth the premium especially considering that they are used mostly with mixed drinks. We usually buy 1 bottle of premium booze, and then fill it up with Kirkland’s brand after we are finished so our guests don’t think we are cheap skates that serve crap liquor. The expensive whiskey and wine stays locked up when guests are over.

    • I’d buy it once for the nice bottle, but more than once only if it tastes good. And if it’s decent or better I might give it as a gift.

  • Hopefully better than revolting Virginia whiskey I’ve tried.

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