CHAMBLEE’S DISTILLERY OF MODERN HONORS TWO CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS.
Founded by event producer Seth Watson, Chamblee’s Distillery of Modern Art (DoMA) blends two creative expressions. Part distillery and part art gallery, the 15,000-square-foot space opened for tours and tastings over the summer. There’s also an additional 2,800-square-foot event space that may be rented out for private events.
Here, we spoke with Watson about his vision.
What excites you most about opening the Distillery of Modern Art?
I’m looking forward to blending art and distilled spirits under one roof. Our goal is to make fantastic craft spirits that are approachable and affordable in an upscale environment. Most distilleries forget about the customer experience; that’s where we started. The goal was to create a cohesive experience between a local spirits brand, an events space, an art gallery and a cocktail lounge under one roof.
What kind of spirits can guests expect?
Our incredible head distiller, Matt Greif, will be producing vodka, peach vodka, gin, corn whiskey and amaro. As these products are being brought to market, we will produce and lay down bourbon and rye barrels. The selection will continue to expand as we perfect our offerings.
What kind of artwork will be featured, and how often this will change?
We are looking to stay with modern art, from canvas to murals, sculptures and more. For our on-site gallery, as with our bottle art, art will rotate in and out, some staying for weeks, days and months. The goal is to work with local artists first to highlight our vibrant city and expand over time. We have zero intention of charging artists to display in our facility. We feel a duty and commitment to the arts, not a transactional relationship with artists.
What kinds of events will the distillery host?
DoMA will host everything from distillery-sponsored cocktail classes, restaurant pop-ups, live music, art installations and more. But the space is also a kind of a blank canvas for others to use and create their own events.
Distillery of Modern Art
BY: Claire Ruhlin
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