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#1 Joe Legate

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:47 PM

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With a little trepidation and ten times as much excitement, we'd like to announce the official end of Ridge Herbs and the beginning of Ridge Distillery LLC.

Should we be so fortunate to show the slightest modicum of success, we owe tremendous gratitude to several members of WS for their careful mentoring and patience. To many of you aware of our plans, we would also thank you for your much appreciated discretion, I believe it is the hallmark of a real friend. Most sincerely, thank you.

Quite honestly, we have been plotting this project for nearly a year. If I had my way, I would have delayed the announcement for another 6 months or so until we had a few more pieces of the puzzle in place. Unfortunately, there are some less discrete people that delight in muddling in the affairs of others but it is important to us that we announced to our group of friends our intentions.

I'll not bother you with little details. Please feel free to check the Ridge link for occasional updates. Ridge Distillery LLC is myself, Maggie the Cat and Attack Accountant...playing the role of Accountant, thank God. A couple of dear, lifelong friends complete the current company and a couple of open invitations have been extended to two invaluable members of this Forum.

I think with a little time and patience, I'll be able to offer this outstanding group of people a beverage worthy of your friendship.

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#2 jcbphd

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:51 PM

Woo hoo! I should have suspected as much. This is excellent news, T73, MTC, and AA! I can't wait to purchase your products and share them with others. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
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Ça descend la gorge comme le bébé Jésus en culottes de velours.

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough. ~Frank Crane

#3 Julie Legate

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:51 PM

Damn! I've been outed!!
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:54 PM

Now you know how it feels. WONDERFUL!!! :yahoo:
Temperance, like chastity, is its own punishment. ~Four Vines "The Peasant"

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#5 fingerpickinblue

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:56 PM

Yeah, baby! Why do I think this is gonna be good? Congrats to you all! :clap:
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#6 LeRoy

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:05 PM

Excellent!
I wish you guys all the best!!





This calls for a drink of something green.

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#7 jcbphd

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:06 PM

Oh, I know it's gonna be good. Do you need any quality control assistants? Pleeeeeease. :wave2:
Temperance, like chastity, is its own punishment. ~Four Vines "The Peasant"

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You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough. ~Frank Crane

#8 fingerpickinblue

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:09 PM

Yep. A panel... yeah, a panel of assistants,,, that's what you need!
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:23 PM

(Joe Legate @ Jan 18 2009, 02:22 PM) Posted Image

I have heard promising rumors to that end but nothing concrete.



Heh!
I am mot suffering from mental illness
Quite the contrary! I'm enjoying every minute!

#10 Joe Legate

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

<spit take> Nice memory. ;)

Oh. If you've visited Ridge Herbs previously, you may need to hit "refresh" to get the updated version.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:48 PM

This was supposed to simplify my life.

Now I have three full-time jobs.

Auditor
Theatre Mother
Distillery Wench

Since Theatre Mother and Distillery Wench are unpaid I'm glad I have benefits from the "real job". :devil:

P.S. I still cut my own herbs. I'm happy farming. Srsly, I love wildcrafting and farming. Life is good!
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:14 PM

Congratulations, and I wish you all the best!
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#13 Marlow

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:58 PM

Well, well, well...never a dull moment around here!

Best of luck, T73 & Co!
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#14 baubel

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:59 PM

This is all very, very wonderful news. I'm very thrilled and completely surprised by it as well.


:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:05 PM

Oh my gosh I'm stunned. Stunned I tell you. B)

Seriously, Joe, Maggie and Attack CPA, congratulations! I'm glad to see this finally begin to bear fruit. The more truly sincere, quality-conscious absinthe makers out there, the better for us all.

Sorry about the hiccup, too.

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#16 Mat B.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:59 PM

You learn something new every day! :cheers: Congratulations to the entire gang! I pledge my full support (in whatever meager way possible) and look forward to seeing it hit the shelves! Grand, grand day! I’m really very happy for you all :)
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Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you; I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
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#17 buddhasynth

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:23 AM

Quite Heartening News, indeed. Congratulatories! :clap: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :cheers:
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#18 dakini_painter

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 04:27 AM

Good luck! Getting open is half the fun! :twitchsmile:
:cheers:

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#19 elfnmagik

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 04:46 AM

Most excellent news!
Now don't go and piss on my parade by telling me there won't be southeastern distribution.

Congrats you guys/lady!
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#20 OMG_Bill

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 05:06 AM

Congratulations all of you! Super news indeed. The thought of more quality minded craftspeople is exciting.

I can't wait to try the goodness.

As for being on a panel of tasters, uh, I'd like to play. *wink*

Cheers! Cheers! and Cheers!
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I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#21 Absomphe

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:37 AM

Damn, I'm gladder than ever that I don't live in Texas! :yahoo:

Best of luck, you fine folks, and if the devil's in the details, may your exciting enterprise be up and running half an hour before he gets the news! :b-day:

I can't wait to taste Montana's finest.

I meant the absinthe, Joe, please put that gun down...

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 07:12 AM

Congratulations and best of luck!

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 07:21 AM

Wow, fantastic news Joe!!!! Such an exciting time in the world of absinthe, and so great to see friends launch into new and exciting endeavors. Best of luck to you and Maggie and AA of course, I can't wait to taste the fruits of your labor!

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 08:08 AM

Ridge LaBleue and Ridge Verte...sounds wonderful! I look forward to finding them at drinkupny soon. :cheers:
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#25 Bluewolf Pete

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:02 AM

Congratulations!!! May you meet with every success!

:cheers:
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#26 Retrogarde

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:20 AM

Well God bless America!

This is fantastic news you guys! I'm sure the veterans of the COLA wars can help guide you, and know that a very thirsty crowd of patrons awaits you on the other side! :cheers:
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#27 precenphix

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:26 AM

:laugh: I'm sure we'll now have a crack at the best American offering on the market! Congratulations and good luck!
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:29 AM

Very heartfelt congrats gang! :cheers:

Where do I sign up to be a taste tester again...?
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#29 AiO

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:45 AM

Congratulations and bon chance! I look forward to your first offering! :cheers:
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#30 bksmithey

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:20 AM

Very exciting news, and congratulations to the team on the launch! :cheers:


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