Golden Moon Distillery – Maison De La Vie, Ltd. was founded by Stephen Gould and Karen Knight in early 2008 specifically to produce premium hand-crafted herbal liquors and liqueurs using the best available herbs, spices and botanicals, and made with the same type of artisan production processes utilized by distillers making premium products in the mid-to-late 1800s. The heart of Golden Moon Distillery is Mr. Gould’s world-class research library containing hundreds of rare books on distillation and related products and processes, some dating back to the 1500s. Most of the collection dates from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, though there are a few titles that are much older, or newer. Maison De La Vie currently has four antique stills at our pilot plant in Golden. Our stills date from the early to mid-1900’s. Maison De La Vie uses environmentally friendly packaging and business practices as much as possible. We source as many materials as we can from local producers (reducing shipping and the related carbon footprint), and are working with local wineries to utilize some of their cast-off materials in our production and packaging processes. Our solid waste from our distilling processes is used as compost and feed by local farmers and gardeners. We produce Gin, Absinthe, Grappa, Apple Jack and Specialty Liquors / Liqueurs including our Creme de Violette and Amer dit Picon.
Based on a description of a spirit listed in an executioner’s notebook from the 1580’s, Golden Moon Distillery Ex Gratia A Genepi Liqueur is a style of liqueur known as Genepi. Genepi is made from herbs including wormwoods that grow in the alpine regions of Europe. What makes Ex Gratia different from other Genepi is that it contains several exotic herbs and spices including ”Black Spice”, an Asian herb that was highly prized during the middle-ages in Europe and the Middle East. This type of spirit was used by apothecaries for a variety of purposes and was typically given by executions to the condemned as a last act of kindness… to all but those guilty of the most heinous of crimes.