Work on the Shanty has been moving at a terrific pace, and our contractor Rob Herschenfeld is making sure the Shanty will be in prime shape when our still arrives in March.
Rob is unique in that he really knows the Williamsburg neighborhood; he’s been a resident for 20 years, and most of his building projects have been local. He is also unusual in being an MIT graduate. Instead of jumping into corporate or research life after school, he decided he wanted to make furniture. He as an accomplished woodworker and still active in that, but over the years turned his attention to larger projects. He now builds entire buildings – elevators and all! – but retains the wonderful attention to detail of a true craftsman.
Despite horrific weather, we’ve been able to complete sub-grade plumbing and receive inspection approvals, and finally poured the brand new floor. We expect rapid progress installing the rest of the main utility and mechanical systems. Construction is continuing on bathrooms and a full-sized tasting room with a bay window of the production floor and still. We’re happy to have Rob’s talents as he works with our architects at Fradkin & McAlpin Associates to make the Shanty worthy of being the flagship distillery of New York.