PARKVILLE, MO. (CelebrityAccess) The S.D. Strong Distilling facility in Parkville, Mo., is reportedly ready to launch an intimate performance space deep in its caverns.
The distillery, which includes its Pillar 136 Gin that won two gold medals on separate occasions at the Washington Cup Spirits Competition, is also home to a head distiller who is a musician and ready to bring acts to a 200-capacity area inside the bowels of the earth.
“I was playing in this rockabilly band and the guy that was playing bass, him and his cousin, were making moonshine in his cousin’s garage,” Steve Strong told Amplify magazine. “I built a still on top of a Budweiser keg and I started messing with mash recipes. I’ve always been interested in music and guitars and playing in bands. Once we had the space, I knew we had to do this.”
Strong said the distillery needed “more of a barrel room” to house all the whiskey and that complemented the concept of a listening room.
“It is really cool to watch a concert in a cave,” he told the magazine. “We have reverb for days. … Every artist that we have had done there says, ‘I can’t believe this. This is so cool.’”
Artists to already play the room include Melodime, The Roosevelts, and Paul Childers.
“The cave that we are in is under [Park University],” Strong told Amplify. “The university is one of the premier programs for piano players in the United States.”