Cooma's first distillery set to become a reality

Catcher and Co Small Batch Craft Distillery founder, Lucas Cattell.

Catcher and Co Small Batch Craft Distillery founder, Lucas Cattell.

COOMA locals will soon get to experience the taste of locally brewed beverages from the town's first ever distillery, Catcher and Co Small Batch Craft Distillery.

The distillery on Vale St, Cooma is set to specialise in whisky, as well as flavoured vodka, gin and beer.

Originally from Newcastle, Catcher and Co founder, Lucas Cattell moved to Cooma to bring his unique idea to life.

"I've been interested in the distillery industry for about 10 years now, and previously worked in a distillery in Armidale, NSW," Mr Cattell explained.

"I decided to come to Cooma because I've always loved it here and I really needed a change. I've been coming to Cooma since I was a child and have had family and friends live here,"

Previously working a number of jobs in the hospitality industry and the police force, Mr Cattell decided to make a change.

"I had a 9 to 5 job that I wasn't enjoying and one day things just clicked, I put in my letter of resignation that afternoon," he explained.

"Now I wake up, go to work and do something I love. It's great."

As the distillery waits on its licence to start production, locals have been eager to get their hands on locally brewed beverages.

"It's very unexpected that people are already behind the idea, when we don't have a product to sell just yet," Mr Cattell said.

"I know some locals might not be keen on the idea because they don't know me, but I want people to know that I'm not going anywhere and this will be a local business that employs local people,"

With the business still in early stages of growth, Catcher and Co are seeking crowd funding on the website Kickstarter starting next week.

Any amount of money may be contributed to the business with different rewards given for different amounts.

"Being on Kickstarter is really important for us, because essentially it is kick-starting our business," Mr Cattell explained.

"People can contribute any amount they want. If you contribute a dollar you will join our newsletter and get a thank you from us. If you contribute $8,000 you'll get the chance to design and name your own whisky at our distillery,"

For more information or to help kick-start Catcher and Co, visit www.facebook.com/catcherandcodistillery.

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