New Columbia Distillers
New Columbia Distillers, DC’s first distillery in 100 years, is a family business owned by Michael Lowe and wife, Melissa Kroning and John Uselton and wife, Elizabeth Lowe. In 2011, John and Michael were the first to bring craft distilling to DC. After a brief apprenticeship with Dry Fly Distillery, they located a home for their distillery in a 90-year-old warehouse near the Art Deco landmark Hecht Co. warehouse on New York Ave. When they learned the history of The Man In The Green Hat, they knew they had a name for DC’s own signature gin. They make Green Hat Gins, Green Hat Rye Whiskey and Capitoline Vermouths.