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Let's get Sea Level in the bottle!

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Raised by 14 people in 11 months
Created May 27, 2018
29421152_15252959390_r.jpegWe are Greg and Keri Atchley. As many of you know we have a strong passion to support local businesses and hope you will support ours.

We started this idea nearly six years ago here in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida along Scenic Highway 30A.  Realizing that more people should be aware of the importance of our sand dunes, we discovered that sea oats are a critical element in the protection of our dunes and beaches.

So we had a crazy idea: let's create a vodka from sea oats to help raise awareness as to their importance. Hold the phone. Utilizing sea oats (Uniola paniculata) for vodka is not a great idea - they are far too expensive to grow commercially, and who in their right mind would rip them from the dunes, right? It's hard enough just to keep people from walking on them. 

However, using regular oats (Avena sativa) worked brilliantly. While we have since redirected our focus to utilize common (and delicious) oats, the brand and mission persisted...

...and Sea Level Vodka was born.

It has been a long road and we have made slow and steady progress. We obtained the necessary permits/licenses, designed and finalized the label, got it approved by the government and are in the process of securing our trademark. We flaked, malted and distilled numerous batches of oats in order to fine tune a premium vodka. We have personally invested countless hours and dollars to get here. We miraculously acquired our first 115 cases of glass bottles which were purchased and shipped to the bottle decorator (that's right; we're printing directly on the glass. No stick-on labels!). This thing is happening for real and we are very excited!

The bottle printing has been completed but now we are facing the next phase of hurdles necessary for a proper product launch...

...and we REALLY need your support.

We are seeking donations from our amazing network of locals, friends, and family that will help us package this initial release of Sea Level Vodka and get it where it belongs; in your glass, and on the shelves of stores, restaurants, and bars. Funds will be used for bottling, shipping and, of course, the raw materials and labor needed to craft distill a cocktail worthy spirit. Contributions will also help to ensure a steady supply of Sea Level Vodka in the future.

No donation is too small, so whatever you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.  Even if it's just a simple prayer for good luck?  Thank you Sweet Soul.

Please also know that we are working on some amazing rewards to our supporters but we wanted to get this out there as soon as possible.

Finally, we realize that there are way more important and life-changing causes out there... and we would never want to detract from those causes.  Please continue to give and support to those in need.

For the vodka lovers in need - this is for you!

We are forever appreciative of your support!
Thanks in advance for your help.

Cheers!
-Greg and Keri
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Great news as well as news. Looks like we are all set up to be available through Republic National Distribution. So, what this means is you can go to wherever you normally purchase your booze and request as many bottles as you want. Also, you can ask for it at your favorite bar or restaurant and if they don’t have it, urge them to order it and let us know. We’re in “buzz” creating mode now and you all are our ambassadors!
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It's been a long couple of weeks and we have overcome a couple of hurdles. Tonight we are looking forward to meeting the folks at Henderson Park Inn. We may actually have our first account! Wish us luck (hopefully, I haven't just jinxed us ;-)
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So, we thought we would be wrapping up bottling today...but the day didn’t roll out as planned. But that’s ok. Craft spirits don’t come from a gazillion gallon tank at the turn of a handle. We make this stuff by hand and sometimes there are setbacks. Today we made a call to distill one more time for fine tuning reasons. As eager as we are to get Sea Level on the shelves, we’re committed to not short-cutting along the way. That’s it for today. Tomorrow is Sunday...maybe we’ll call it Fly Fishing Sunday
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Hi everybody, guess what tomorrow is?

Thanks to all the support and donations, tomorrow is Booze Bottling Saturday! The goal is to wrap it up and get everything ready to go so we can make room for the next run. We'll be sure to share photos as well as further updates.

Thank you!
-Greg and Keri.
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