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Caitlin Prueitt | Owner/Partner | Vivacity Fine Spirits | Corvallis, Oregon Open a distillery? That’s just goofy. That’s what Caitlin Prueitt and her husband, Chris Neumann, first thought when they tossed around ideas for a business back in 2009. “We started out talking about a distillery,” Prueitt said. “We talked about a lot of different ideas. We thought, What if we did a distillery? We talked about it for a day or two, and thought, That’s goofy. Start a distillery, who does that?” Someone like Prueitt, actually, who has bartended since she was 22-years-old and has a background in fermentation. Prueitt said she worked at the former Henninger Brewery in Frankfurt, Germany, and then at Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles, as well as SVP Winery in Shandon. “We thought of doing a coffee shop,” Prueitt continued, “a creamery. Most of our ideas were food- or drink-based. We started talking again about a distillery, and started looking into it.” Of all the concepts they tossed around, the distillery kept their interest. “And I have this idea,” Prueitt said, “You can’t finish something unless you get it started. So it really was, Let’s just look at it and keep moving forward until we can’t. Let’s just try it. Let’s just do it. That’s how we went at it. We did some research and thought, Why can’t we do this? Let’s just keep moving forward as if we can. And we could.” The whole process—writing a business plan, financing, logistics, and licensing—took them almost two years. They attended a couple classes and started leasing space in the summer of 2011. Vivacity Fine Spirits released its first product, organic vodka, in December 2011. “And then the gins came out in July of 2012,” Prueitt said. “The Turkish Coffee Liqueur came out July 2013. The rum came out in late summer of 2014. And we just released, two weeks ago, our first brandy. We’re very excited about it.”