The West Fork Whiskey Company in Indiana recently announced the grand opening of its 30,000-square-foot agritourism facility, set for the doors to open to the public on Aug. 20th.
With the expanded distillery operations, West Fork will have the capacity to make up to 5,000, 53-gallon barrels each year. The new facility features a mash house, a family-friendly restaurant led by Executive Chef Carlos Salazar, a cocktail lounge, a 5,000-square-foot event center, retail space, and guided and educational tours.
A statement from the distiller notes that with this additional capacity, West Fork will be among the largest craft whiskey distilleries in the country, and they will employ approximately 100 Indiana residents.
“Our vision of providing a one-of-a-kind Midwestern experience at West Fork comes to life, and our team is eager to introduce visitors to a taste of Indiana whiskey and local flavors,” said Blake Jones, co-owner of West Fork. “From craft whiskey tastings to our family-friendly restaurant, there’s something for everyone here and we look forward to raising a glass with Indiana residents and visitors from near and far.”
The Mash House restaurant menu will emphasize local ingredients to pay homage to Indiana’s agriculture heritage and offer Midwestern fare with a twist. And the cocktail bar Stave will see expert mixologists craft West Fork seasonal signature drinks and classics.
Announced in 2020, West Fork broke ground on Phase 1 at its current 12-acre site in the summer of 2021.
“Indiana will be home to one of the largest craft whiskey distilleries in the nation and it’s because of a strong partnership, a community that prioritizes quality of life and a state that supports and specializes in agritourism,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “Agriculture is the backbone of Indiana and I’m excited to see business developments like this pay homage to our heritage while providing endless opportunities for Hoosiers.”
The $10-million development is located in Westfield, Indiana.
For more information, check out www.westforkwhiskey.com.
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