Good Morning Ohio: Middle West Spirits


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Good morning to Columbus's first artisan distillery, Middle West Spirits!

Let me first just say how excited I am to be sharing this business with everyone. It's brand-spanking new...like...it hasn't opened yet! When I heard the news that Columbus was getting our very first microdistillery? Well, I couldn't wait to post the good news!

A big congrats is in order for co-owners Brady Konya and Ryan Lang. For the last couple of years, they have been working hard to launch Middle West Spirits, an artisan micro distillery, who will call the Short North neighborhood of Columbus home when they open their doors. Specializing in an artisan blended vodka named Oyo (a nod to the indigenous Iroquois who lived in the Ohio Valley), Oyo will be a much different, more complex vodka than most are used to. Fuller in flavor and body, it sounds to me like a perfect base for a vodka cocktail or martini. I can't wait for their infused vodka blends, too, which will feature macerated local and Midwest goodies. Doesn't it sound divine? What's more, Middle West Spirits will have a small retail area selling directly to the public. What could only be better for these guys is for some great local restaurants and bars to specialize in Oyo by Middle West Spirits (hint, hint.) Simply put, this is an amazing addition to our town and I wish them the best with their launch.

If you want to hear more on Middle West Spirits, Walker Evans (Columbus Underground) has a fantastic interview with the guys here. It's a great read, so be sure to check it out. Don't forget to peek at the Middle West Spirits website where they have links to both Twitter and their Facebook page. Additional details on the preview open house can be found there, as well.

We're all lucky to have adventurous neighbors like Brady and Ryan who not only call Ohio home, but contribute to the continued development of our urban neighborhoods and support local economic growth. Good luck to Middle West Spirits -- we hope to see everyone at the Open House this Saturday. Can't wait!


Anonymous said...

Oh how exciting! I love this post, and sure wish them well in thie endeavor.

We are lucky indeed to have something like this coming to make our wonderful city more urbane and less cowish...........we must support these attempts or forever keep that stigma!

Your Ohio/Columbus/Local blog day is my favorite, though I like many.

Anonymous said...

The open house at the distillery is actually not open to the public. It's a small affair for just close friends. We will be opening up for tours and such in the near future. The launch party at Sandbox studio (8pm-close) is open to the public.


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