#055 – Pia Carusone: Politics & Bourbon in Republic Restoratives Distillery

Pia Carusone, with her co-founder Rachel Gardner, opened Republic Restoratives Distillery in May 2016 – the only crowd-funded distillery in the country and the first women-owned distillery in D.C.


So how did Pia get to be the owner of a distillery in our nation’s capital? Hold onto something, because this story is full of emotion, determination, calculation, cheer, and inspiration.


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Because I want to show you a side of the LA food scene that most people will never get to see! When you join me for a LA Food Adventure, we will visit 6 restaurants to fill your belly, taste some drinks, socialize with some incredibly cool people, and get behind-the-scenes access that others aren’t privy to.


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We also discuss:

  • The Carusone household
  • Pia’s time on the Hill, including being Chief of Staff to former Rep. Gabby Giffords
  • The challenges of opening a distillery in Washington, D.C.
  • Crowd funding a distillery using Indiegogo
  • Why they chose the name “Republic Restoratives Distillery”
  • Changing laws in D.C.
  • Aging whiskey in a puncheon cask
  • Pia’s flagship vodka and its unique bottle
  • Keeping price in mind when creating their products
  • The history behind their newest product, Chapman’s Apple Brandy


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About the author, Debi Saltzberg

I love the world of food and beverage, everything about it, it’s soo damn sexy! Every time we eat and drink it ignites us sensually…the look, texture, taste, smell, sound all in a unique combination, encapsulating a moment in time. The act of sharing a meal with friends, chatting, eating, and drinking together is so forking perfect. It is a feeling that echoes a sense that All Is Good! Very, Very good!