The explosion of the craft beer industry in recent years has opened the door for other types of brewers to share their wares with the world. Distilleries are popping up all over the U.S., from the East Coast to the Southwest. If you live in or are passing through Nebraska and Kansas, stop by one of these distilleries for a taste of what’s fresh.
Union Horse Distilling Co. (Kansas)
Located in Lexana, Kansas, not far from Kansas City, Union Horse Distilling Co. offers three varieties of whiskey, as well as its very own vodka. The Reunion Straight Rye Whiskey is distilled in a copper pot still using 100 percent high-quality rye and is aged in oak barrels for a smoky finish. Union Horse also makes bourbon and white whiskey, and offers a wide variety of unique cocktails that show off the tastiness of the spirits. For more information on hours and tours, visit http://unionhorse.com.
Cut Spike Distillery (Nebraska)
Cut Spike Distillery is located just outside Omaha, Nebraska, in the town of La Vista. The distillery, which has been in business since 2008, produces single-malt whiskey, premium vodka and barrel-aged rum. Tours of the tasting room take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday – Saturday evenings, with two additional tours running on Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cut Spike also creates a monthly vodka infusion, such as raspberry, strawberry and blueberry. Learn more about Cut Spike Distillery at http://cutspikedistillery.com.
Wheat State Distilling (Kansas)
Wichita, Kansas, is home to Wheat State Distilling—creator of vodka and whiskey made from local Kansas wheat. Wheat State was the first legal distillery in Wichita and opened its doors in late 2013. The distillery also produces bourbon, a wide variety of rums and gin. The distillery offers tours and tastings to allow you to discover your favorites, and you can buy its spirits on-site or at a variety of retailers around Kansas. To discover more about Wheat State Distilling, visit http://wheatstatedistilling.com.
Brickway Brewery and Distillery (Nebraska)
Just as beer is not to everyone’s taste, some people don’t like the taste of spirits. If this sounds like you and your friends or significant other, head to Brickway Brewery and Distillery in Omaha, Nebraska, for the best of both worlds. The distillery creates a wide variety of spirits, including vodka, gin, whiskey and brandy. But the main attraction of Brickway is the American Single Malt Whisky, which is made in the same fashion as Scotch whisky—using 100 percent mated barley and distilled in a double pot. To learn more about the distillery and to see what beers are on tap at the brewery, head to http://drinkbrickway.com.
Boot Hill Distillery (Kansas)
Boot Hill Distillery in Dodge City, Kansas, offers a number of freshly distilled spirits. Boot Hill creates unique vodka, gin, bourbon, white whiskey and red eye whiskey, all of which can be enjoyed on the premises on Fridays and Saturdays during regularly scheduled tours. The distillery is the brainchild of local farmers Roger and Hayes Kelman and Chris Holovach, who opened Boot Hill in 2014 and have enjoyed immense success ever since. To learn more about the spirits created at Boot Hill, visit http://boothilldistillery.com.
No matter which local distillery you decide to visit in Nebraska and Kansas, remember to drink responsibly and have a designated driver ready to take you home after your tour.
This article is presented by Olathe Ford Lincoln in Olathe, Kansas.