What We Do
OOLA Distillery produces small, hand-crafted batches of Gins, Vodkas, Whiskeys. This is the real deal—spirits made with a sense of place and a connection to the people who grew the raw ingredients and the man who coaxed them into their more spirited forms—gins in which you can taste the botanicals, distinctive vodkas, and whiskeys that are flavorful and smooth.
“What keeps coming up for me as I am creating OOLA Whiskeys is balance, complexity and a long smooth finish. These characteristics are certainly present in all of OOLA’s whiskeys. For instance, a big round mainly corn influenced Bourbon is not my thing. I need the complexity that a high rye content can bring to the spirit. That said, I also want to keep that in balance and not let it take over – corn is a beautiful thing as is rye, malted barley and wheat, but they need to be in balance.” ~ Kirby
The Name OOLA
OOLA is named after the greatest German Shepherd who ever lived—sorry, fellow dog owners, this is a non-debatable fact and completely unbiased. Dogs are welcome at our bottle shop and even at private events and parties!
Our Founder and Head Distiller, Kirby Kallas-Lewis, developed a palette and passion for food, wine, and cocktails during his years as an art dealer in Paris, Brussels, New York, and San Francisco. Before finding a passion for distilling, he raised milk goats, created paintings and sculptures while living in Tahiti, worked on Alaskan fishing boats, and ran a gallery in NYC, phew!
“Distilling is like alchemy. Infusions can be artistic and create something new.” ~Kirby