NORRISTOWN >> The folks at Five Saint’s Distilling are welcoming everyone to “share the spirits” Saturday, July 23, at the grand opening of the firehouse-themed microdistillery and bar, which promises to be a linchpin of downtown revitalization.
Since acquiring the historic Humane Fire Engine Co. No. 1,129 E. Main St. in June 2014, owners John and Amy George and their dedicated team have been working hard to breathe new life into the Norristown landmark by refashioning it into a premiere “third place to be,” after home and work.
“What the firehouses represents — community, commitment, quality — is also what Five Saints Distilling is all about,” John George explained. “So it was a perfect tie-in.”
George, a transplant from upstate N.Y. who has lived locally for more than two decades, was working as a registered pharmacist when he first flirted with the idea of microbrewing in the 1990s.
Years later, his interest peaked again — this time in spirits — and after reading an article on distilling, he had an epiphany, and a determination to make his dream a reality.
“So I went to Louisville, Ky. and enrolled in Moonshine University,” George said. “I studied under some great distillers … and came back and was looking for a location and was also thinking of a name.