Learn about the whiskey-making process at a historic distillery that hand-crafts early American Rye Whiskeys, Bourbon and White Corn Whiskey
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About Indian Creek Distillery
American history runs deep at Indian Creek Distillery. Originally purchased by the Staley family in 1818, the 160-acre farmstead still features the original gristmill in addition to the copper stills that produced their first batches of rye whiskey in 1820. The sixth generation of Staleys continues to operate the distillery, carrying on a family tradition that was interrupted but never crushed by events such as a Civil War-era whiskey tax and Prohibition. "The deepest roots of American whiskey making are now anchored firmly in the rolling terrain of New Carlisle, Ohio," said Whiskey Advocate, "The Staleys and their long distilling legacy endure."
Ever-resistant to change, tradition trumps shortcuts for the Staleys. The distillery still uses the farm's original 1880 grain mill to grind locally grown rye, and, contrary to modern convention, the historic double copper distilling method remains the whiskey-making process of choice. Artisanal creations include a crystalline white whiskey in addition to barrel-aged rye with honeyed sweetness that complements its bold notes of clove and other spices as well as an old recipe Bourbon and a flavorful unaged White Corn Whiskey.