Kozuba & Sons Distillery

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Kozuba & Sons Distillery

Founded in 2005 in Poland, Kozuba & Sons is a family-run distillery that produces premium craft spirits. Now at home in St. Petersburg with over 11 years of experience, the Kozubas are focused on sharing their passion with the American market, beginning with Florida. Kozuba & Sons hand-crafted, small batch spirits are made from the finest ingredients, using meticulous processes. Each bottle possesses the trademark Kozuba essence: a striking combination of quality, craftsmanship, and taste.

Zbigniew “Papa” Kozuba, a biochemist by trade, is the company’s master distiller. After a successful career at the helm of a laboratory company, Papa retired to the Polish countryside. Not one to sit idle, he began to dabble in cordials in his retirement. Before long, his wares were the talk of the town, and when sons Matt and Jacob joined the effort, Kozuba & Sons was formed. After cordials, the company began distilling, first vodka, followed by whiskies. As time passed, it was apparent that a move to the United States would best facilitate the growth of their company. The craft market was rapidly emerging in the US, as more and more consumers were choosing local, handmade, and quality whenever possible.  The close-knit family made the decision to move their distillery and after a detailed and lengthy search, St. Petersburg, Florida was chosen as the ideal spot for them to call home.The distillery building, located in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District, was built in the 1950s. A former seafood warehouse, it has been completely updated and utilizes many green technologies. The space is a sprawling 20,000 square feet, housing 2 top-of-the-line 600-liter hybrid copper stills, with plans for a third soon. The company employs the “Grain-to-Glass” philosophy, handling every part of the production process including milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging, blending, and bottling. Over 300 53-gallon American oak barrels currently reside in their warehouse, with a capacity of 1,000 barrels. The building serves not only as the production headquarters for Kozuba & Sons, but also includes a tasting room and retail store. Distillery tours and tastings are offered daily and give guests the opportunity to experience the process through all of their senses. The family hopes to not only become the choice of locals, but also a must-visit destination for tourists.

 

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