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 Stone Hill Winery tasting room and outlet store.
Wood Hat Spirits is one of the few distilleries in the nation to use Hopi blue corn which they use to make their premier, award-winning Aged Blue Corn Whiskey; the unique Bourbon Rubenesque; un-aged Blue Corn Whiskey; and All American Red, White and Blue Corn Whiskey.
A more traditional Montgomery County Bourbon made with yellow corn and wheat is also available.
For those preferring a sweeter taste, Berry Berry Cordial (a maceration of locally grown blackberries and raspberries) is offered along with the sumptuous Black Walnut Liqueur, an adaptation of Nocino that transforms Missouri-grown black walnuts into a spicy after dinner drink. 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, as well as products from selected Missouri distilleries, are available for purchase. Admission is free. A tour and tasting is $5. Tours are continuous.
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