I've read in interviews that your parents thought you were making drugs in their basement. They really didn't know what was going on?
Bryan: Oh no... we told him what we wanted to do and he said ABSOLUTELY not. You’re not burning down our new house. So we said OK, sure. Well, he came downstairs, saw what we we’re doing, and kicked us out of the house. He was pissed. After that, I sent Matt to Michigan State -- there’s a distillery out there contracted by bigger distilleries that's a launch pad for high-flying distillers in the industry.
Matt: They select one apprentice every summer and I was lucky enough to get selected as their apprentice. So when Bryan says "I sent him out there," he really means that when I was selected, he financed the whole trip…
Bryan: And he still hasn’t paid me back.
Matt: Probably never paying you back. But I was living and partying out at MSU, living and partying on Bryan’s dollar, distilling everything -- gins, vodka, bourbon -- and came back here and was able to position myself as a consultant in the industry and got picked up by a Polish vodka company doing private research for them here and a bit in Poland. And truthfully, we were running down distillery projects that we wanted to run for our own company. We do a crazy mineralization step here, an aeration step, and that was all things that I got to research for a whole year. When I finished my contract with them, it was right at the point where we were finalizing our investment for this company.