We moved to Tarpon Springs in 2013 and fell in love with our unique Greek-American community. We decided to open a craft distillery to produce artisanal spirits, made traditionally, but accented with a Florida flair. On our premises we produce our spirits from scratch -- Gramling Woods High Rye Moonshine, Papou’s Ouzo, Anclote Very Small Batch Gin, and Claresso. Tarpon Springs Distillery is family-owned (Barry and Lisa Butler) and launched with no support from outside investors. We are determined not to compromise, and craft our spirits with only the finest ingredients.


Tarpon Springs, known as the “Sponge Capitol of the World”, has the largest percentage of Greek-American residents anywhere in the United States.


Stephen Katzaras came to Tarpon Springs at age 17 from Symi, Greece. He served his new country with honor, established the Stephen Katzaras Sponge Company and ran it for 6 decades, and lovingly gave back to the community that had given him a home.


Gramling Woods Moonshine was named for Barry’s father, Jack Gramling Butler. We couldn’t name it “Jack” for obvious reasons!


Papou’s Ouzo was named after Stephen Katzaras (known as Papou or “grandfather” to his family). Appropriately, he used to make ouzo for himself and friends behind a burlap curtain in the warehouse where our still, Amazing Grace, distills our craft ouzo today. 


Anclote Gin is named for the Anclote River, home harbor to the sponging industry in Tarpon Springs. It is a source of our water; reclaimed, purified, and charcoal filtered, it is the foundation of our fine gin.

Claresso, a unique spirit distilled from a grain mash with sugar and espresso, comes from the Spanish word "claro" which means clear, and espresso. Unlike all the other coffee spirits on the market, the flavor is distilled in, not infused!

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We’d love to hear from you and will respond to telephone calls and emails personally. We look forward to meeting you!

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Tarpon Springs Distillery (727) 940-2045



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605 N. Pinellas Ave.

Tarpon Springs, Florida


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Tarpon Springs Distillery Hours: 

Open Wednesday, Thursday  & Sunday 2-6 pm, Friday & Saturday 2-8 pm (private tours available; check out the Bookings tab and select Distillery Tour !!) 

We provide complimentary tours and tastings and offer retail sales of our award-winning  spirits, (Papou's Ouzo, Gramling Woods Moonshine, Anclote Gin, and Claresso [distilled espresso spirit]), apparel (shirts, tanks, hoodies, and hats), and bar ware (shot and rocks glasses and coffee mugs) .

 If you have any questions, please contact us at (727) 940-2045 or email us at 

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