Have you ever thought of becoming the owner of a whiskey distillery? Alembics in the ground floor distilling new-make, gin and rum barrels in the basement are full of aging rye whiskey, and the auditorium above the production floor is filled with attendees of conferences and master class students, where they discover the tastes of spirits aged in casks previously used for storing Polish wines.
We believe that dreams are made to be fulfilled, so we found and bought a 14th-century distillery building, which we are bringing back to life. Our first batch of “smoked honey-based plum” sold out in six days. So far we have sold several thousand bottles. Our products can be found mostly in specialized stores. Recently we have made them available through the Auchan network.
We are looking for partners, fans of craft spirits like ourselves, who want to fulfill their dreams of a Polish brand of craft alcoholic beverages, conquering the market!
A new brand, made by professionals
We operate Wolf Distillery in the world of manufacturing high-quality spirits as a pet project since 2011, since 2018 we have rebranded as Wolf & Oak Distillery. The creation of our new brand and logotype is a symbolic event that strikes a line between the time when the distillery was a hobby and fully professional alcoholic beverage manufacturing. Since 2018 we operate under Wolf Distillery sp. z o.o. (ltd.). In December 2019 we have incorporated Wolf and Oak Distillery Spółka Akcyjna (plc.) - the offering party in this public offering campaign and Issuer of the offered shares. Once the offering is completed - within 30 days - Wolf Distillery sp. z o.o. and the Issuer of shares will merge, which will result in all the assets of Wolf Distillery sp. z o.o. being transferred to the Issuer.
A distillery in Stanica, Lower Silesia
The Wolf & Oak Distillery brand draws from the many years of our experience. And the heart of it all is the distillery located in Stanica in Lower Silesia, which is to produce 800 barrels of high-quality spirits each year using three pot-still devices and a plate rectifying column, designed and manufactured in Poland.
Quality and taste
We specialize in manufacturing rye whiskey, gin-based on fragrant hops, grain and fruit-based spirits, as well as sugar cane molasses-based rum well welcomed by customers, our spirits sell quickly and gather good reviews for their quality and taste.
There are two Stanica towns to be found on the map of Poland. The one which is close to our hearts is in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, about 60km south-east of Wrocław. This is where the 14th-century court which will eventually become the headquarters of the company, is located. The building which surely has a great history, but unfortunately it is little known. Most probably it was raised as a distillery, but for many years it was home to a brewery, and after the war, it was converted into a vegetable and grain storage facility.
We are now working to bring it back to its past grandness. We have put in a lot of hard work into keeping the original structure and look while adapting it to the requirements of a production facility, a restaurant, and a guest house..
The most important level is composed of rooms that will accommodate 40 visitors. But that’s not all. Above the Master Class auditorium, we plan to build two classrooms, which we will use ourselves but also rent to be used for events. With this broad offering, we are certain that Stanica will not only become a place where we make great spirits but also a place frequently visited by tourists, bartenders, and entrepreneurs.
Following the main entrance to the distillery, we come across reception and a staircase leading to the first floor. That’s where we find guest rooms, a Master Class and a tasting auditorium - with glass floor over the production floor and another first-floor terrace to the east. There is a total of 16 guest rooms. The number is not accidental. We want each of these rooms to represent a different part of our country, and instead of numbers, they are named after capitals of voivodeships. We believe that it will attract international visitors.
This is the heart of our distillery, where we will manufacture single rye whisky (from 100% Polish rye), gin, rum and grain, and fruit spirits. This level will also include a restaurant for over 80 diners along with an industrial terrace with the view of the Krynka river and another one to the west, where we plan to organize live concerts.
Basements include nearly 700 sq. meters of space. That’s where we will store our first barrels, and a manual bottling line, a place to brand and paste tax markings on bottles. We’ve hacked off most of the old plastering and we want to keep this level as raw as possible to create ideal conditions for extensive aging of spirits.
Founder and Chairman
Enthusiast of craft beverages, Master Class lecturer during whisky festivals, exhibitor and participant of whisky fairs all over Poland. At Wolf & Oak, he is responsible for whiskey and gin recipes. Throughout recent years he has been building a network of relations with potential partners and most renowned representatives of the spirit world. A chief executive managing the company as its majority shareholder.
Partner and business expert
A member of management boards of different industrial and advertising companies throughout many years, a chairman of the board of Ferrum S.A. listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, alumnus of Warsaw School of Economics - Department of International Trade.
Responsible for investment, logistics, and accounting. He holds many years of experience in the scope of managing books for Polish and international entities. He specializes in business consulting and international tax planning. Founder of JB Solutions Sp. z o.o. (ltd.).
Responsible for the technical and engineering part of the project. A qualified molecular and industrial biotechnology engineer, an alumnus of the Łódź University of Technology, participant of numerous courses, university and research institute projects worldwide. In 2007 he founded BIOTECHNIKA, which is currently the leader of the industrial biotechnology market in Poland.
Friend of the company
Responsible for building and maintaining relations with new customers. He provides support and an invaluable source of knowledge in the scope of the current and future activities of the organization which he passes to the clients. For many years employed by numerous financial institutions (including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank BGŻ and Nest Bank) working on their cost optimization and financing of operations. Privately a connoisseur and enthusiast of craft spirits.
We create our first grape Brandy with buckwheat honey.
We decide to construct our own distillery and begin the “Wolf Distillery” project.
Premiere of Okowita Żytnia, our rye spirit - at the time named the “White Wolf”.
“Smoky Whiskey no. 1” in a 30-liter cask
is auctioned off for PLN 11,000.
A collection of 17 bottles is sold for PLN 10,000.
The “Wolf & Oak Distillery” brand and trademark come to life.
We buy the 14th-century distillery building in Stanica, Lower Silesia.
Delivery of 210 barrels, new American oak, 200-liter: Black Water Barrels.
The distillery obtains a construction permit and permission to change the purpose of the building.
Our spirits are delivered to 60 stores of the Auchan network in Poland.
What an eight thousand meters high mountain is to a professional climber, we the craft alcohol makers call the “Warsaw Spirits Competition”. The event provides the opportunity to taste and discuss new recipes. It is simply a celebration of the industry, which uses the day to boast its newest creations.
For the past 3 years Wolf & Oak Distillery left each of these meetings with a medal, and each consecutive year we won more of them.
Alcoholic debut of the year for
Whiskey Smoky no.1
“Double Gold Medal” for Wolf Gin
“Double Gold Medal” for Wolf rye
“Gold Medal” for White Rum
“Gold Medal” for Okowita żytnia
“Double Gold Medal” for Pomarańczówka
“Alcoholic debut of the year” for
London Dry Gin 47%
Production and sales of alcoholic beverages
“Master Class” courses and workshops
Restaurant with a whiskey tasting auditorium
Guesthouse with 16 rooms
We have permission to manufacture 130 thousand liters of 100% ethyl alcohol 100% per annum, which will allow us to:
of rye whiskey (mostly 200-liters)
78% of revenue*
of rum, brandy, and other aged spirits
12% of revenue*
to 100 000 0.7 liter bottles
of non-aged beverages (okowita, gin, rum)
10% of revenue*
* Revenues from sales of alcohol. This does not include any revenues from the restaurant, the guest house nor any other operations.
Currently, the company has signed a lease agreement for distilling
equipment. We will begin installing the equipment at the tax warehouse
of a friend and manufacturer of Nalewki Kresowe - Stanisław Smarduch in
Grodkowo. The warehouse is relatively close to our intended location in
Stanica. This will allow us to gain more independence and begin
manufacturing of 2 thousand bottles per month to keep building interest
in our spirits.
Between January and July 2019 we have used the equipment and facilities of the tax warehouse of Drake Distillery near Poznań. Initiating production on the grounds of the manufacturer of Nalewki Kresowe is a temporary solution and although our equipment is merely a 250-liter alembic, this will allow us to remain on track and conduct tastings of our spirits countrywide.
Until we bottle our first Single Rye Whiskey in the 4th year of
production, we want to focus on manufacturing and selling non-aged
spirits. Among those, our flagship products are the Rye Okowita and Gin.
We also plan to produce a limited quantity of white rum made of sugar
cane molasses and some fruit-based spirits which using fruit which turns
out to be the best quality in the given year.
Throughout the first 1-2 years, this will include 30-50 thousand 700ml bottles per year (min. 40% ALC).
In the 4th year of production, we plan to achieve the sales of non-aged alcoholic beverages at the level of 80% (80 thousand of 700ml bottles annually).
In the 4th year of production, we will introduce the first batch of 3-year old Single Rye Whiskey, including 100,000 bottles of 700ml each, at min. 46% of ALC.** This quantity will represent 45% of the stock of spirit enclosed in barrels in year “0”. The remaining barrels will remain in the aging facility with the purpose of obtaining further aged whiskey. The ultimate goal is 18 years.
We take into consideration the possibility of manufacturing spirits for
external entities in the so-called “private label” model - which means
that we will produce for other companies. These may include wholesalers
which wish to introduce their own brans, a winery, which wants to
utilize their grape marc to produce a spirit similar to Grappa, a
brewery which has some outdated beer and wants to distill it into the
beer-based spirit (piwowica).
It’s difficult to estimate the scale of such business activity today, but we remain open to any ideas.
** Single Rye Whiskey will also be finished in barrels after other beverages, mostly after different wines
The location of our distillery near the “385” voivodeship road makes it a
natural location for a restaurant, which will sever visitors traveling on
the north-south road. A cozy venue with a kitchen serving seasonal dishes,
eager to reach for local produce will be supported by a bar with a broad
offer of our beverages.
For those who grow tired on a long journey or anyone who wishes to relax we will prepare 16 guest rooms. In total, they will have a capacity of 40 people. Why 16 rooms? Our investors will be the first to learn the story behind this. In addition to the rooms, there will be three terraces with great views and a summer house with a grill by the Krynka river, which flows about the border of the property.
The guest house and restaurant is a perfect venue for hosting company events and training sessions. We also plan to organize workshops and weekend tastings, which will allow us to plan the utilization of the facility.
We have a valuation report which describes in words and numbers the possibilities of this property aside from manufacturing and sales of alcoholic beverages and we will happily make it available to any of the potential investors interested in this information.
What is the condition of the domestic craft whiskey distilleries? We
can say it’s terrific. In 2019 it grew by 200%, from 1 to 3
distilleries. That’s why Wolf & Oak Distillery has a chance to
obtain a good market position, on a market that keeps growing and
which we are already a part of. It’s worth to note that since 2016
we take part in all significant whiskey festivals in Poland
(Jastrzębia Góra, Warsaw, Poznań, Kraków, Mikołów), in order to keep
researching the tastes of the Polsce and work on our brand
On November 9, 2019, we initiated and co-organized the first Craft Alcohol Festival in Poland. We want to be the catalyst for good relationships between craftsmen, who should keep together.
We only compete with mass manufacturers, not with our brother craftsmen!!!
the amount the Poles spent on whisky in 2018
the way the whiskey market in Poland keeps growing, we are currently
in the best time to start. In 2018 alone Poles spent PLN 2.5 billion
on whiskey. The premium category (i.e. whiskeys sold for over PLN 80
per bottle) grows the quickest, at the rate of 30%.
the amount Poles spent on alcohol by the end of September 2019
That’s impressive, isn’t it? And market experts indicate that that’s not our last word. Analyses of the Polish market state that whisky’s market share will grow up to 14% by 2022 at the expense of vodka, which will fall to 75%. In terms of number, it will increase to 4.5M crates. Gathering all this data together we come to two major conclusions: we dring more and more other alcoholic beverages than beer and vodka, and we also reach for more expensive spirits more often.
In the alcohol manufacturing industry, the domestic market is making up the distance to international trends.Less than one in ten złotys is spent on premium and deluxe class products, where the share of premium category amounts to 6% compared to 12% in Europe, and 1.3% against 6% in the luxury category.
Poland’s wealthy consumer drinks less alcohol.They buy more luxurious products and are willing to spend more.
Premium luxurious alcoholic beverages grow each year by an average of 15% and 13% (against 8% and 14% in Europe).Lower categories maintain their levels. Vodkas remain the leading sort of alcohol in Poland with 80% market share and leading local brands.
“Bur slowly other beverages gain more consumers, including global products. We notice a significant increase in the whisky segment, including single malt and blended Scotch, with Johnnie Walker leading the de lux category. Gins, rums, and tequilas also gain ground. We follow the fine drinking trend. Wealthy Poles’ choices are based not only on the elite image and quality. They prefer brands that raise emotions, distinguished by innovativeness, unique characteristics and care for the environment. Following global trends Poles more often visit cocktail bars and the cocktail culture will soon reach more households - in both cases, using high-quality alcohol and ingredients.”
Since the beginning of our activity, we want the business to be based on two pillars which will support each other: production and distribution of alcoholic beverages and using the distilery as a restaurant, a training venue and a guest house. We have drawn up a detailed estimate which demonstrates a delivery and spending plan in the near future.
In the case of the equipment, it will all be manufactured up to our own specifications. Delivery may take as long as 6 months and the work will begin as soon as we make payment of 50% of the downpayment. We intend to use the time for refurbishment and adaptation work.
Finishing of the renovation
Initiating the distillery
The necessary technological resources include a steam generator, a mash tun, fermentation tanks, pumps, piping, mechanical draft cooling tower, spirit tanks, spirit safe and others.
One alembic "single pot-still" with a capacity of 3.3 cubic meters for the production of gin, rum, brandy (alternatively new-make for whiskey).
A pair of alembics with a capacity of 4.5 cubic meters and 3 meters to work as a wash and spirit for the production of new-make whiskey.
Installation and starting up of the equipment along with the adaptation of the facilities.
COMPLETING THE RENOVATION
Finishing the renovation of the ground floor, including the restaurant, the kitchen, main entrance, and the social part along with adapting the rooms for production.
Reconstruction of the rooms for office use (1st floor) and the terrace to the east. Organization of the temporary parking and green areas around the distillery (mostly in front of the building).
Remont I-piętra. Stworzenie pierwszych 9 z 16 apartamentów dla gości oraz ich urządzenie. Aranżacja sali degustacyjnej nad produkcją.
Renovation of the 2nd floor. Creating another 7 apartments for visitors along with decorations. Arranging two conference rooms.
Adaptation and completion of the parking lot, construction of the southern terrace (industrial design) and the relaxation zone with the grill by the Krynka river, by the border of the property..
STARTING UP THE DISTILLERY
Purchase of 400 200liter barrels for whiskey (we already have 210 pieces, New American Oak).
Purchase of 100 wine barrels - wine barrels from Polish wineries, possibly cherry barrels.
Purchase of okowita, gin, rum, and brandy bottles.
Purchase of resources for production - rye, molasses and “botanicals”** for the gin.
Promotion of our spirits at festivals and fairs in Poland and abroad.
** In the case of our “London Dry Gin” we use 13 “Botanicals”, i.e. natural botanical elements. We use large amounts of hops and elements of conifers.
We have prepared a schedule, which indicates the order of activities, costs and the estimated time necessary to carry those activities out. We will happily provide it to potential investors.
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