The Rise Of Indiana Distilleries Not Named MGP

Often times when one thinks of American whiskey coming out of Indiana the name MGP immediately comes to mind. The bulk whiskey distillery is known for providing the juice behind a large number of non-distilling producers domestically. There are other distilleries in the Hoosier State, however, and now over two dozen of them have formed up to create the Indiana Distillers Guild.

The Indiana Distillers Guild, according to those who created it, brings together 17 craft distilleries into one trade group to represent their industry interests. These include Three Rivers Distilling Company(Fort Wayne), 12.05 (Indianapolis), 8th Day Distillery (Indianapolis), Bear Wallow(Nashville), Cardinal Spirits (Bloomington), Danny Boy Spirits (Carmel), Edwin CoeSpirits (Churubusco), French Lick Spirits (French Lick), Hard Truth Distilling (Nashville),Hotel Tango (Indianapolis), Hunt Club (Sheridan), Lucky 7 Distillery (Batesville), Mogul(Indianapolis), Oakley Brothers (Anderson), Old 55 (Newtown), Starlight Distillery(Borden), and West Fork Whiskey (Indianapolis).

image via Hotel Tango

“Bringing together distillers from across the state to promote our craft both to consumers and legislators is vital to our new industry,” said guild president Jeff Wuslich, co-founder of Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington, in a prepared statement. “We’re fortunate that legislators created this industry in 2013, and the craft distilleries in our guild areexcited to grow it together.”

Many of the distilleries listed already have plans to open tasting rooms, according to the Indianapolis Star. It was not immediately clear how many of them are producing whiskey.

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.