During Prohibition, bootleggers had to make their own booze by distilling gin in bathtubs and catching moonbeams in a jar of water. Learn more streamlined ways to make spirits with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a distillery tour and a T-shirt (a $25 value) at Watershed Distillery in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood.
At Watershed Distillery, owner Greg Lehman and his crew craft small batches of artisanal gin and vodka using all-natural ingredients and a custom-made, 60-gallon copper still. A tour of the cozy 1,985-square-foot microdistillery nets enthusiasts a walkthrough of the entire spirit-making process, from mashing and fermenting through distilling and bottling. By the time tourgoers watch Watershed's signature yellow-and-baby-blue labels affixed to fresh bottles, they'll be on a first-name basis with the hand-constructed copper still, as well as the family of street urchins living inside it. Visitors then inspect the distillery's light, smooth gin, infused with eight botanicals, as well as its pure, quadruple-distilled vodka, made with 100% Midwestern corn.
Greg Lehman found inspiration to start a distillery in an unlikely place—a volleyball court in Switzerland. While playing there professionally, Greg was struck by the commonness of locally distilled spirits. It resonated with his upbringing in Ohio, where distilleries once thrived before Prohibition made malt liquor America's classiest drink. Upon returning home, Greg and business partner Dave Rigo founded Watershed Distillery, joining the state's heritage of microdistilleries.
Today, the pair mans a 660-gallon custom-made copper still to craft the signature Four Peel Gin, infused with eight botanicals, as well as a vodka that's quadruple-distilled from Midwest-grown corn and a bourbon aged in American oak barrels. Greg and Dave also open their distillery for tours, taking guests through the facility and letting them watch everything from mashing to barreling, depending on the stage of the current batch. A tasting room enables patrons to sample spirits.