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Wood Hat Spirits Distillery and Tasting Room

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Credit: Garry D. McMichael
Credit: Garry D. McMichael

Wood Hat Spirits distillery and tasting room is conveniently located on the north service road of I-70 at Exit 175 (.5 miles east of Route 19), next to the Curling Vine wine tasting room.

Wood Hat Spirits is one of the few distilleries in the nation to use Hopi blue corn, which they use to make their award-winning Aged Blue Corn Whiskey, the unique Bourbon Rubenesque and All American Red, White and Blue Corn Whiskey. Adding to the products made from heirloom corns, is the barrel-strength Bloody Butcher Red. The latest addition to their line of products made with locally grown heirloom corns is Bloody Dapper, a red corn, wheated bourbon. 

To round out this extensive line of bourbons and corn whiskeys is the first batch of Missouri Bourbon in the form of Montgomery County Missouri Straight Bourbon.

For those preferring a sweeter taste, Berry Berry Cordial (a maceration of locally grown blackberries and raspberries) is offered along with a version that has rested in a used whiskey barrel, known as Tawny Berry. Other liqueurs include the sumptuous Black Walnut Liqueur, an adaptation of Noccino that transforms Missouri-grown black walnuts into a spicy after dinner drink, and Persimmon Cordial, made from wild persimmons. 

Wood Hat Spirits’ unique wood-fired still had its debut run in July 2013 and is the creation of “retired” agronomist and businessman, Gary Hinegardner, who spent several years exploring the distilling craft. He is also a wood turner, hence the name, Wood Hat Spirits. He turns wood hats which are on display in the tasting room along with those of his teacher, JoHannes Michelson.

All spirits produced at this location are available for purchase. Please call to schedule a tasting during the Covid-19 pandemic (573-835-1000). Tours are not available due to Covid but you are welcome to call ahead for curbside service. Customers are welcome to go inside (preferably with a mask on) to taste a flight of five products with the purchase of a Wood Hat Spirits shot glass ($5) or a GlenCairn glass ($10). Capacity of the tasting room is now limited to six people at a time to maintain social distancing. Please call ahead for groups of six or more to be seated outside the tasting room.  Your patience is appreciated to accommodate everyone. Walk-ins are accepted just be aware there might be a wait.

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Monday   10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Thursday   10:00 am — 5:00 am
Friday   10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Saturday   10:00 am — 5:00 pm
489 Booneslick Road
New Florence, MO 63363

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only
Activities Within 10 Miles
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Winery / Vineyard
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Open Year-round
Group Policy
Advance Contact Requested
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Not Required
Reservations Recommended
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
American Express Card
Personal Check