Second Sight Spirits is named for the ability to glimpse the future. For Rick Couch and Carus Waggoner, the extrasensory talent perfectly describes the foresight that powers their artisan distillery. They sensed a void in the craft-liquor landscape and decided to fill it with artfully decorated bottles of rum and gin. Then, detecting a local need for tours and cocktails, they added a tasting room. As a former mechanical engineer and industrial designer, who together created the Cirque Du Soleil shows Love and Viva Elvis in Las Vegas, Rick and Carus have foresight in their blood. Their time in Vegas also taught them something about blending art and science. At Second Sight, they continue to blueprint, calculate, and build, melding physics and chemistry to craft great spirits just as they created theatrical spectacles.
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.
Bear Wallow Distillery's founders are so proud of their Indiana heritage, they make their whiskeys using only local grains. The Distillery's Farm-to-Fifth tour gives folks a behind-the-scenes look, including a visit to the old-fashioned copper stills. But the highlight of the tour comes at the end with the samples. Visitors also get the chance to try other distillery creations, including moonshine shake-ups with real fruit elixirs, and an Eat Your Whiskey food line featuring culinary creations made with the potent potable.
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After years of drinking and appreciating craft beer, many beer lovers think they should attempt home brewing. But the process can be a bit of a pain as it requires special equipment and supplies, can take up a lot of space, and may produce unpleasant smells. Those who don't want to deal with all of that can head to Brew-By-U and create their own suds onsite with the help of knowledgeable brewers and temperature-controlled fermentation rooms.
While the game plays on Brew-By-U's flat-screen TVs, patrons whip up their concoctions using fresh ingredients that are often locally grown and sourced from central Indiana. Beer aficionados can also express their creativity while making their own label art or stacking beer bottles together until they resemble Larry Bird. After they're done, Brew-By-U's staff cleans up any mess.
Hartfield & Co. is finally putting the "bourbon" back in "Bourbon County." True, the distillery is far from the only place producing the spirit in the region—in fact, it's a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, which highlights 10 local producers of small-batch spirits. Nonetheless, it has a pedigree that's unique even among other microdistilleries. Read on to learn more:
Before Prohibition, Bourbon County, Kentucky, was home to an estimated 26 distilleries. But in 1919, the entire whiskey industry shut down, and, oddly, not a single distillery re-opened there even well after Prohibition was repealed. It took until 2014, when Hartfield & Co. was founded, for spirits to be legally produced again in Bourbon County. (The Hartfield name, in fact, is a nod to founder Andrew Buchanan's distilling ancestors.)
Though Hartfield & Co. is constantly experimenting with aging and distilling processes, they focus on different varieties of bourbon, whiskey, and rum. It strives to be a truly Bourbon County operation by sourcing all ingredients besides sugar and molasses—so grains and fruits, mainly—from within 10 miles of the distillery. Visitors can learn more about the production of small-batch spirits through two tours that include tastings.