06: Bryan and Matt Quigley
NOTE: If you are listening with children, there is a mild expletive at 21:30
Bryan and Matt Quigley
Bryan and Matt are the founders of Federal Distilling, the maker of Stateside Vodka
Their facility is at 1700 N. Hancock
What make Stateside Vodka so delicious:
Medical grade O2, which mellows out the nose
Cold filtration, which makes it viscous
Each batch is mixed with pharmaceutical grade minerals, giving it an electrolyte composition similar to Gatorade. (It hydrates you while you’re dehydrating)
It is 100% corn (Gluten Free)
Matt is an Econ Major and Bryan is a Finance / Spanish major — no prior chemical background
Matt went on every distillery tour he could to learn about the distillation process
Bryan fronted the money
They asked simple questions about the process in order to make the best product possible
The Stateside journey started unconventionally:
Matt was in California and Bryan was in Spain
Eventually, the two moved back to the Philadelphia area
Bryan asked Matt what he was going to do and Matt suggested making vodka.
Bryan and Matt’s first equipment went into their parents basement.
Their first still is an old beer keg dubbed “Old Ethel.”
Biggest Mistakes for Stateside:
Matt: Not fulling fleshing out the idea before searching for investors
Bryan: Not having enough office space for scaling
Philadelphia has changed a lot since they were younger
10 years ago when Matt was graduating college, the bottom of No. Libs was just beginning to be improved
They selected their location by charting out the path of gentrification and now there is a $500,000 home being built adjacent to them.
They have a fully functioning bar in the facility (see below for details)
Matt sees the economy continuing on its upward trajectory for another few years until a small correction occurs
Their growth has been phenomenal — in two years they have gone from just Bryan and Matt to over 30 employees
They are the fastest growing Pennsylvania produced craft liquor spirit on the market (377 stores in PA alone)
Also in New Jersey and Delaware
Their long term goal are to purchase jetpacks
Their strategy is to educate the bartenders where Stateside has accounts and let the knowledge trickle down
Bryan and Matt took some Stateside and started aging it in charred oak barrels for “Operation Holiday Bonus”
Quick spirits lesson: Bourbon must be at least 51% corn mash and aged in American Oak barrels
Because Stateside is 100% corn, aging it in oak turns it into bourbon.
This will ONLY be available in their distillery bar (bottles and individual pours)
There are 500 bottles available, first come, first serve
The proceeds will pay their staff holiday bonus
Will be released around December 20th, join their email list for updates!
Matt worked for Sky Cooper, the founder of Chambord spirits, for a year, learning about distillation
During that year, they met Clement Pappas, their first investor
Clement used to run Lassonde Pappas and Company
He loved the vodka, but told them their business plan wasn’t ready
After tweaking it for 9 more months, Clement was ready to invest and they launched together
Stateside Vodka is the official sponsor of the Green Legion, so during Eagles home games, find them on the turf field behind Xfinity!