When you enter the facility, you pass through the gift shop area, with lots of beautifully crafted wood counters, shelves, and product displays.
Walking around the corner, you enter what will eventually be their restaurant and bar. The restaurant will feature a full range of cocktails made with Middle West spirits as well as spirits from many other companies. They're promising an incredible array of beverages when they're up and running.
After this brief introduction, you're shown the massive fermenters where the beverages start.
You then see the distillers and have the chance to look inside one of the fermenters to see the beverage fermenting inside it.
I knew that Middle West made a number of products. I've seen their whiskey, vodka, and other products on store shelves around town. Until the tour, I had no idea how many different products they make. It's quite an impressive selection.
We had a nice time on the tour, learned a lot, and got to try many of their products. I'd definitely recommend taking the tour if you get the chance.
|Whiskey making still|
|The top side of the fermenters|
|Sampling/testing port for spirits in-progress - reminds me of a steampunk gadget|
|Spent grain ends up in these containers and is offered to local farmers to feed livestock|
|Massive distillation columns - practically works of art in themselves|