It all started with an empty bottle …
When John Fisher first held the empty bottle of Fisch’s Bitters, he was just a little boy, visiting his grandmother. Even then, he knew it was special. Displayed in a shadow box on the way to her garden, each time he walked by, he couldn’t help but take notice of its unique, fish shape and cobalt blue color.
Over thirty years later, after Fisher’s grandmother moved out of her home and into a retirement community, that same bottle unexpectedly arrived in the mail. It was a sign. And it became a link between his past and his future life’s work.
Blue Fish Distillery was born in December of 2014.
Fisher, a former mechanical engineer by trade, has always been curious about the distillation process. In fact, his first foray into the field was in high school, when he and a friend tried making moonshine using a process outlined in a library book. Years later, during a business trip to China, he purchased a blown-glass still, just because he thought “it was pretty cool”.
So when he was ready for a career change, he and his wife, Ellen (an accountant) decided to make his distilling dream a reality. The name? Well, that was a no-brainer.
“Blue Fish works on several levels,” explains John. It helps pay tribute to my grandmother. It plays on our last name, and it ties into to my other passion—sailing.
Distilling by design: creating the perfect beverage.
“Just like manufacturing products, making great spirits relies heavily on perfe