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Saturday, September 5, 2015
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Meet Nick Quint, Owner at Yahara Bay Distillers 

How We Began

Still at Yahara Bay Distillers, Madison WIProprietor and Chief Distiller, Nick Quint is a man dedicated to his passion — that of crafting fine spirits from the best products Wisconsin has to offer. 

Coming out of retirement at the age of 61 to pursue this vision in 2007, Nick studied at Michigan State to learn the art of the still.

"I noticed that Madison had plenty of microbreweries but no microdistilleries. So I purchased a still from Germany and set up shop on Madison's southwest side."

"It took about three days to assemble the still that arrived in many, many pieces before we could even begin distilling. The first thing we made was vodka and to our surprise it was pretty good!"


Nick and his stepson, Lars have steered Yahara Bay from that day forward, experimenting and then crafting award winning spirits.  Part scientists, part artists, and whole hearted aficionados, Nick and Lars are having a blast distilling in Madison!