America’s first hydro-powered distillery coming to Conn.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The state will soon be home to America’s first hydroelectric distillery. The one-of-a-kind Libation Library will be located in East Hartford at the Hochman River Falls in the Village of Burnside.

Tonight News 8 caught up with Thomas Norton, the founder of Moxi on the Rocks.

Norton developed the concept for the facility after visiting land in East Hartford and falling in love with the property. He knew he wanted to create something special and developed the idea of ​​creating America’s first hydroelectric distillery.

Norton’s family had previously started their own liquor company using recipes from their Lithuanian grandparents who came to Hartford after World War II.

Norton is planning a two-year construction project due to the complexity of the site. The location had a water turbine system that operated until 1976.

“We are working with a turbine manufacturer in Mansfield Hollow here in Connecticut, to put in the new technology the infrastructure that needs to be built to get this 70,000 square foot building off the grid and generate power for our hall. tasting and our distillery. “said Norton.

The destination will also partner with salt workers to create meat and cheese dishes.

Watch the full interview to learn more.

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