Distillery tours are similar to rocket launches—there's a lot of high-tech machinery, precisely controlled temperatures and mixtures, and an abundance of grain alcohol. Blast off with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a distillery tour (a $5 value) and T-shirt (a $20 value) at Watershed Distillery (a $25 total value).
Founded by owner Greg Lehman in 2010, Watershed Distillery concocts small batches of high-quality gin and vodka in its 1,985-square-foot microdistillery, hand-numbering each bottle before release. Tag along for a tour of the artisanal liquor-crafting process, from the mashing and fermentation of the grain to the bottling, labeling, and commencement address at the bottles' graduation. Watch as the guide explains the inner workings of the custom-built, 60-gallon copper still, where the liquids are transformed into spirits by a series of pipes, tubes, and booze mediums. At the end of the trip, tour-goers can jostle to get their new souvenir T-shirts autographed by the freshly bottled libations. Call to schedule a tour.
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.