Micro-distilleries have started popping up in cities across the country. A far cry from the bathtub moonshine of Prohibition, these small batch producers thrive on urban craft culture and trial-and-error innovation.
While the backstories of the coolest distilleries vary wildly, all are driven by a passion for their products. And since most of the owners can't wait to share that passion with the public, tours of their distilleries aren't just informative -- they're inspiring.
Located nearby the 10,000 square foot distillery on the banks of the Lamoille River, visitors may notice several beehives. Unsurprisingly, Hardie, who has been keeping bees for nearly five decades, enjoys being around bees.
Shifting subtly away from an attitude of "maximize profits this quarter at all costs" does not mean you leap right from capitalism to communism; it just means you take into account a broader definition of value to the organization and community.