Woodstone Creek began operations in a barn, 45 minutes north of Cincinnati, in January of 1999. Within two years, Woodstone had outgrown the space and needed to relocate. Inspired after a visit to the urban wineries on the West Coast, the winemaker decided to try something out of the ordinary for Ohio by moving into an old factory building surrounded by urban redevelopment. Centrally located, Woodstone Creek is ten minutes from downtown Cincinnati at the intersection of interstates I-71, I-75 and the Norwood Lateral - just a few blocks from Xavier University along Dana Avenue in Evanston. Although lacking the ambiance of the estate wineries, Woodstone's new location offers the necessary zoning to house the distilling equipment. This former factory-warehouse-turned-winery is also a meadery, port house and the first licensed microdistillery in Ohio. The building also houses other related businesses - a home brewing and winemaking shop as well as a microbrewery.
The tasting room, once the factory president's wood-paneled office, is open to the public on the weekends. It features a spectacular curved, 1930's maple and mahogany bar, art gallery, a selection of wine racks and handcrafted jewelry. Customers can sample current releases for a small charge and purchase wine to go by the bottle or case. The atmosphere is friendly and informal - sitting at the curved tasting bar invites conversation as strangers become friends over wine.
As a true artisan winery and boutique distillery, Woodstone Creek produces 100-200 cases of wine, mead and distilled spirit yearly. The offerings change seasonally - Ohio grape varietals from dry to sweet, honeywine from local honey, port with our own potstilled brandy and fruit wine from area farms. Woodstone offers an unusual range of mead (7-10) from dry to sweet and fortified dessert wines. Woodstone's potstill produces brandy, honey liqueur, five grain bourbon, single malt whisky (peated and unpeated), rum, gin, bierschnaaps and vodka. Truly unique - all the fermentation arts come together at Woodstone Creek. Our winemaker is a certified brewmaster, mead mazer and master distiller all in one!
Woodstone Creek makes the world's rarest spirits in Cincinnati Ohio. One of our microdistiller counterparts has said about microdistilleries, in general,"we make less than the big guys spill on the floor". Woodstone Creek makes three barrels a year - give or take. We have no production lines - no automated equipment, no computers, no bottling line and no employees. Woodstone Creek is true single barrel spirit - produced on a 238 gallon, direct fired potstill designed by the distiller. For the most part, Woodstone Creek spirits are made much the same way they were made prior to the Industrial Revolution. One exception would be our high-tech water treatment which turns Cincinnati water into the ideal starting point.
CINCINNATI'S DRINKING HISTORY:
Most popularly known for it's beer, Cincinnati history is notable for distilling and winemaking, too. Cincinnati's distilleries eclipsed breweries in the 1800's in both number and political influence. As a port on the Ohio River, it played a major role on the Bourbon Trail. Just prior to Prohibition, when taxes were closing down many distilling operations, clandestine shipments easily made their way to the river's banks for waiting barges. In 1865, Cincinnati distilleries churned out a total of 1100 barrels of whiskey a week - a major force in the local economy. When the infamous George Remus came to Cincinnati to set up his bootleg operation during Prohibition (and avoid competition from Al Capone), he brought a list of 80 closed distilleries as potential production locations. He quickly became wealthy and politically powerful - a colorful figure in Cincinnati history.
As the birthplace of the commercial wine industry, a local historian has said Nicholas Longworth began producing his world famous sparkling Catawba in Cincinnati to encourage whiskey drinkers reduce their alcohol intake.
Our Ohio Bourbon and Cincinnati Vodka are rated "Recommended" by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute's international panel of judges.
Our single cask, peated, single malt whisky was sampled at the American Distiller Institute's competition in 2008. Judge Jim Murray, author of "The Whisky Bible", gave it a glowing review in his 2009 edition. Read the review.
In a blind taste test reported by CityBeat, Woodstone's vodka wins over 10 nationally known brands! Read about it : VODKA SCHMODKA
TASTING ROOM HOURS
Saturdays 1 to 5PM - October 1st to May 1st
1 to 6PM - May 1st to October 1st
WE WILL BE CLOSED SEPTEMBER 29th. We will reopen October 6th.
Please click on the "Visit Us" link for general information and a map.
The new vintages are being bottled as time permits. We had a good yield on Aurore and increased production on Pomegranate and Raspberry Honey to meet demand. Eden Apple is ready, too. Casanova will return, briefly, in time for Christmas. We will also have Moscato this year. Look for a new line of House Wines: Sovereign, Contessa and Marquesa.
Spirits tastings began March 24.
RELEASED AUGUST 2012: Barrelhouse Barrel Aged Bierschnaaps. Distilled from Barrelhouse Red Legg Ale.
RELEASED SPRING 2012: 87 Proof Spirit Whiskey. Bailment 9668B & Ridge Runner, 5 Grain Sweet Bourbon Mash Moonshine
Our single peated malt whisky "The Murray Cask" is still available at a few outlets across the state. It rated 92 in Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible". Read the review. Bailment #9671B
OHIO BOURBON BARREL #1 & 2 is sold out at the distillery. May still be available from some liquor stores and Binney's in Chicago. BARREL #3, in the new package, is now available from our retail shop. Barrel #4 will be bottled Fall 2012. Bailment #9670B
CINCINNATI VODKA 80 proof got a facelift mid-February. Look for frosted bottles and upgraded labels. The iconic flying pig labels will be available at the distillery until they're gone. #9672B
Our spirits are available at various liquor stores and restaruants near Cincinnati and scattered around the state of Ohio. Contact your liquor store or favorite restaurant for availablility near you. Ohio liquor agents, outside the Cincinnati distribution area, can contact us for a warehouse transfer.
WOODSTONE CREEK SPIRITS served here: MOLLY MALONE, (Pleasant Ridge) Cincinnati
BELOW ZERO LOUNGE, Cincinnati
BOURBON'S BISTRO, Louisville, KY
INTERNET SPIRIT SALES:
BINNY'S BEVERAGE DEPOT