About Spring House Spirits
Spring House Spirits gets its name from the springs on the farm where we mill, mash, ferment, distill and age our spirits.
It’s also a reference to the spirits of the people and animals that have been here over the centuries visiting the springs and springhouse on this farm. Springs have always been life sustaining and the springhouse was an essential first feature of any farm. We will tell a part of the story of the farm with the distilled spirits that come from it. Our logo captures the spirit of the fox that is sustained by all the little creatures he hunts in the small marsh that the springs create. In the winter he’s a regular feature of the marsh as he listens and pounces on moles and voles and mice under the snow. The fox is also featured in our first whiskey as well as the local “farmers pack” hunt story. The distillery is in a milk house so we thought it fitting to feature area farmers in our first whiskey. Through stories told by local fox hunters we learned that local farmers joined their hunt as they passed through the farms close behind the hounds. The huntsmen enjoyed the farmers company a good deal and the farmers looked forward to getting away from their daily toil to hunt behind the hounds and share the flasks that a foxhunter must always carry.
The Farmers Pack has not been through this farm in a few years now and I miss the sound. They may become a historical remnant as well.
An early owner of the farm was a doctor. For 33 years in the mid 1800’s Doc Windle looked after the people in the surrounding townships. He lived here through the civil war and was an admired surgeon and physician. The good doctor had a large drawer, in his office here, that opened from the outside. It was used to leave medicine for people that could be picked up when he was away, tending to others. A drive-up pharmacy of sorts in the 1860’s. Most physicians of his time carried distilled spirits for their disinfecting and calming properties. A doctors bag commonly contained a bottle or two, strictly for medicinal purposes of course. Anesthetics and disinfectants were just being developed and distilled spirits were effective and commonly used.
Our spirits will tie to regional history back to the original people that occupied the lands for thousands of years and move to the present. We introduced our Rum, typical of colonial times, that features the oldest continually occupied chapel in the county. A Saint Malachi Chapel fund has been established by Spring House Spirits and 10% of revenue from Rum sales will benefit the church to help support a continued presence in the community.
As we continue to tell the story of the spirits of those that visited these springs over time we’ll introduce each new distilled spirit and the story that goes with it here, in our story.
Located in Chester County
South Eastern Chester County, Pennsylvania