f.p.c. P F C Marcus, “Attitude is the difference between Ordeal and Adventure”  ….Lived his first 18 years on a secret navy test base in the middle of the California High desert and since his Dad was an actual Rocket Scientist his 4th of July celebrations were far from normal, which explains a lot of the things that Marcus does. Upon High School graduation he wasn’t exactly sure what he wanted to do but he did know that whatever it was it would not involve scorching sand, sun and lizards….18 years were enough.  Soon enough he found himself drawn to the sea and enrolled in the California Maritime Academy. It was during his senior year while in the advanced class of drinking like a Sailor that he wrote the treatise on why Tequila, Engineering and Pirates were never a good mix. The paper has also become the go to source for the mathematical formulas on the influence of alcohol on gravity. Since ships and sailing seemed to be in his blood, he soon found himself working on aircraft carriers and submarines.  Ultimately though he was drawn to the Alaskan fishing industry where he was asked to design and convert an oil field work boat into a King Crab catcher/processor. It was also during this time that he was able to do a great amount of field work on his follow-up treatise on why the alcohol-gravity interface seems to be greater on boats in general but seemed to grow exponentially with the number of fishermen onboard. It was while fishing the waters of the Bering Sea that he and his wife fell in love with Alaska. A few years later Marcus was asked to design and build a large Fish processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The plant was the Westward Seafoods plant that is often seen on the TV show “The Deadliest Catch”. As Chief Engineer of this small self-contained city, he first met Lloyd. Lloyd, “If you’re not happy, your standards are too high” Lloyd was hired into the refrigeration department at Westward Seafoods as a Refrigeration Engineer. Lloyd started out life in Bend Oregon, where he left to join the Navy at his first opportunity. As a wide eyed young man he found himself going to nuclear school on the Navy’s dime. This is where he discovered that he made a damn fine Engineer and a really shitty sailor. It turned out that a lot of people in the Navy really didn’t have a sense of humor and he found himself not being a Nuclear Engineer but assigned as an engineer “Black Gang” on a Navy “Tin Can” in the Gulf of Tonkin. He found that he enjoyed the life at sea….except for all of those Navy rules and regulations …..  Lloyd also found that he liked shore leave and the bars and houses of ill repute. After four years in the Navy Lloyd was honorably discharged and ashore. The Alaska King Crab boom was on and there were vessel owners who would pay a good price for an experienced engineer to man the crab catchers and processors in Alaska.  He enjoyed the freedom and “Open range” spirit of Alaska. Eventually Lloyd and his Wife found themselves in Dutch Harbor at the Westward Plant.  In the course of life at the Plant, Marcus and Lloyd often worked with vendors from all over including a vendor out of Seattle named Greg.  Greg, “Hold my beer, I have an idea.” Greg grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Driving boats and flying planes. Greg majored in rubber technology while attending Washington State University “WAZZU....where Playboy magazine ranked it as the only professional drinking school in the country....the rest were mere rank amateurs...” Greg went on to invent the elastrometric spongometer. Using his inventions he created the entire field of spongography which of course revolutionized the use of rubber in everyday objects. If not for Greg’s inventions we would not have the everyday objects like the tuning knob on the radio, or waterproof rubber ducks. While on Sales calls to Alaska he would often find himself at the Westward Seafoods plant and talking with Lloyd and Marcus.  Eventually Marcus took over the management of the Westward boats and Lloyd became the Chief Engineer at the plant. Greg continued to supply the plant with high quality Elastrometric Spongometers.  When Lloyd moved back down to the Northwest he found himself working on the construction of the new Cascade Grains Fuel Ethanol Distillery in Clatskanie Oregon where he was hired by Ken to be the Maintenance Superintendent for the 113,000,000 gallon a year ethanol distillery. Ken, “If you’re going to be Dumb, Ya Gotta Be Tough” Ken started life in Cheyenne Wyoming. Since Ken’s Grandfather was on the Cheyenne Rodeo & Frontier day’s committee, Ken was heavily involved in the Rodeo. More specifically he tried being a Bull Rider but found a greater affinity to being a Rodeo Clown. He decided to shun the barrel and just use a handkerchief to distract the bulls (which we are pretty sure led to his affinity for Rugby while in college). Ken would spend his days being a Rodeo Clown, and his nights singing the Rodeo song in the local bars for tips. This did lead to some complications since his Grandfather was also the Sheriff…. When Ken finally saved up enough money to leave Cheyenne he tried joining the Rugby team at the Colorado School of Mines. This is when he found out that he actually had to attend the school if he wanted to be on the team,,,,, that is how he came to be an alum at the Colorado School of Mines….  Being a Cowboy that liked bars he decided to be a Chemical Engineer, that way he could learn how to make the liquor for the bars that he had been singing in. It was also at this point that he decided that being a bartender at the local casinos paid much better than singing the Rodeo song for tips. And that is how Ken became a professional alcohol maker, with a different outlook on life. Being a true Cowboy, he also found his true disdain for Political Correctness. After the School of Mines, Ken spent 11 years in the Midwest as a chemical engineer for Archer Daniels Midland. Eventually he moved himself and his family to the wilderness of Oregon to be the Big Dog at the Cascade Grains ethanol plant which is where he hired Lloyd to be his Maintenance Superintendent.  While doing the final production run of fuel ethanol at the plant Lloyd and Ken began talking about what was next for them after the plant shut down. One thing lead to another and they found themselves talking about the distillation of vodka, whiskey and rum. The next day found Ken wrestling with names for the company. Eventually, “Ye Ol’ Grog Distillery” won out over “One Crazy F***ing Idea” and “4 crazy guys and a Still”… And so these 4 brothers of different mothers and their wives came together to form a new company, Dedicated to Good Times and Good Friends.   And here is what they decided to do Our thoughts were that there are plenty of the customary Rums, Whiskeys, Gins, etc on the shelf at your local liquor store. So we decided to shun normal and jump outside of the box. We all felt that was where we would find the fun (we knew it was hiding around somewhere).   And here it is;
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