2018.12.13 Hook & Irons - Rev6

A drawing of the proposed facade for Hook & Irons Distillery in Carlisle.

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Hook & Irons Distillery aims for summer opening

Last June, longtime volunteer firefighters Mark Farrell and Devin Flickinger announced their plan to open the firehouse-themed Hook & Irons Distillery in the former Printed Image building at 137 N. Hanover St.

Hook and Irons Distillery plans Carlisle opening

Since then, they have worked through the permitting and the financing, and they settled on the property a few weeks ago. That allowed them to order the still and begin the licensing process in anticipation of a 2019 opening.

Creative Building Concepts came on board for the design and remodeling work.

The front of the former print shop will be remodeled to look like an old firehouse. All of the windows will be removed and replaced with an overhead door that can be opened during business hours when the weather cooperates.

“It will look like a firehouse garage door,” Farrell said.

Brick infill will be installed on the north side of the store front to provide symmetry, and openings will be installed to mimic second floor windows. Reclaimed firetruck lamps will be used as wall lamps above the ground floor windows. Inside, the firehouse theme continues around a main bar area with table seating and raised floors to each side. The distillery area is located to the middle of the building behind the main bar

“We hope to eventually do a rooftop deck in a couple of years,” Farrell said.

In June, Farrell said the distillery will start with a smaller still and some assistance from another distillery to get the operation off the ground. They will also focus on using local grains as much as possible.

The addition of the distillery would build on the borough’s growing profile as a destination point for restaurants and craft beverages, and Farrell said they are excited to be part of the redevelopment effort in Carlisle that includes projects at the former Masland/IAC site as well as a renewed focus by the borough on North Hanover Street as a connector between the downtown and those new developments.

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