West Fork Whiskey recently broke ground on its new, 35,000 square-foot agritourism facility in Westfield, Indiana, that the distillery says will become one of the largest agritourism experiences in that state.
The $10 million, 12 acre project will be located on the northeast corner of 191st Street and Horton Road, across from Grand Park Sports Campus.
“We see this expansion as an opportunity to invite Indiana residents and visitors to experience a taste of Indiana whiskey, and to continue changing the perception of our state as a leading whiskey producer,” said Blake Jones, co-owner of West Fork, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to joining the Westfield community and bringing together people from near and far for memorable shared experiences over our approachable craft whiskey.”
The expansion will feature 5,000 additional square feet of event space, a retail store, a 4,000 square foot restaurant with a cocktail lounge, a speakeasy, additional production and aging space and more. The restaurant will feature Indiana ingredients and offer seasonal menu items native to the state. There will also be a family friendly facility that will offer interactive tours, tastings and other educational components.
“It’s truly an exciting day for the state of Indiana and the city of Westfield as we break ground on West Fork Whiskey’s new facility,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “Agritourism is a vital part of Indiana’s economy, contributing to a sector that provides more than $31 billion annually to our state, and it’s developments like this that continue making Indiana the best place to work, live, play and stay.”
“Grand Park sees more than 2.5 million visits a year,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “West Fork offers a unique experience and opportunity for our residents and visitors. I am thrilled we will have this partnership in our community.”
West Fork, for those unfamiliar with it, was founded in 2015 and produces craft whiskeys, always using what the brand describes as 100% Indiana ingredients, grain to glass.
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.