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.
BEHIND OUR BRANDS
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!