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Distilleries and breweries inherently have a steampunk look. We have the photos to prove it.

Monday, April 27, 2020
Steampunk Distilleries
Photos: Josef Kotarba from Pixabay (left); maja kuzmanovic (CC BY-SA 2.0) from Flickr (right).

Some places go to great expense to adopt steampunk designs — think Toothsome Chocolate Emporium in Orlando or Enigma Café in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. But if you’re a distillery or brewery, you can be steampunk without really trying. Much of the equipment used to make liquor or beer looks like it belongs in a Victorian science lab. That aesthetic is one reason why many of these locations offer facility tours, though the opportunity to imbibe the end product is no doubt a big part of the appeal.

That’s in normal times, of course. The COVID-19 outbreak has put an end to public tours, and many distilleries have converted their production lines to supply much-needed hand sanitizer.

To prove our point, we’ve compiled photos from a sampling of distilleries and breweries around the world. Without captions, they could serve as a steampunk art gallery. With that in mind, we’ve reimagined some of the equipment as steampunk gadgets. See that copper pot still in the photo above? It’s really a Chrono-Etheric Decompression Chamber. That distillery hatch could be from Captain Nemo’s Nautilus.

Perhaps the photos can spark your own imagination and provide inspiration for gadgets, stories, or other creative works. You can view them in the gallery below.

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