Established in Raleigh, NC in 2018, Next Century Spirits blends together traditional techniques and unique finishing technologies to create enhanced distilled spirits. Our patented post distillation filtering and finishing technology creates a tool for the traditional distiller to expand their repertoire of achievable flavors and aromas while improving quality, maintaining consistency, and reducing supply chain issues. This technology allows for tight control over the entire production process, resulting in the ability to create bold and unique flavor customization options for brands to choose from in order to expand product portfolios and fulfill market needs.
Joel (Pawlak) Co-Founder and VP of R&D grew up on a farm, splitting time between working the land and taking apart bicycles to see how they worked. In college he went for engineering, but never lost his love of the land; when the opportunity arose to become a paper engineer, he jumped at the chance. The concept for the Next Century technology arose from these interests as well as his love of whiskeys.
Joel had had a casual conversation with a friend who is prominent in the spirits business about the huge need for technology to improve processes and scale manufacturing, and he started to sketch ideas on paper. When he talked through those ideas with Scott (Bolin) Co-Founder and CEO (they had worked together on other projects and were actually in the process of setting up a lab), he was interested. The team prototyped and iterated, improving every time, eventually generating very high-quality products. “That is when the stars began aligning.”
The company’s patented filtering and finishing technology was born out of North Carolina State University, a land-grant university known for its contributions to the sciences. Co-Founder of Next Century and chemist by profession, Joel Pawlak, discovered the proprietary finishing technology’s ability to create bold and unique flavor profiles. The technology allows Next Century to provide up to 6,000 gallons of spirits to bulk labels at once. Alternatively, Next Century works directly with private labels and brand identities to create custom distilled spirits.