Much like the local brewing scene, Central Ohio distillers are poised for rapid expansion. In recent years, Watershed Distillery and Middle West Spirits have spearheaded growth by introducing small-batch craft spirits to a wider audience and pushing for legislative changes that loosened restrictions on distilleries’ ability to own restaurants and serve directly to customers. As a result, a wave of nascent distillers are crafting traditional spirits and testing original ones, opening tasting rooms and even restaurants. We checked in with the newcomers, both already open and on the way.
Much like the brewery boom, distilling in Columbus is experiencing a new heyday, with distilleries creating classic spirits and experimenting with new flavors and processes.