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Original Distillation vs Neutral Grain Spirits

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As we were laying out our first label for approval, we decided to use the term Original Distillation (coined by the Fed Govt) to define our process. I felt this phrase had a story that needed telling, and using this statement on the label was a subtle way of starting ... Read More

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Sorghum & Rum – Or: Mama's in the Sorghum Patch!

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Sorghum and Rum, two words you generally don’t hear together. At the federal government level The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the TTB, define “Rum” as “Spirits distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses or other sugar cane by-products at less ... Read More

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Who Grows Your Spirit? – by Kelly Sauber

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As a profound lover of beer and a craft brewer since 1996, I know the difference between a true craft beer and Blue Moon or Land Shark. I would never expect in a million years to go into a brewpub, order a beer and discover it was actually brewed by ... Read More

About Kelly Sauber – Co-Founder & Head of West End Distillery

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Dancing Tree Distillery was founded by Kelly Sauber in 2011 with the intent to make exceptional local spirits. Kelly was, as he says “born and bred” in Athens, Ohio. Dancing Tree became West End Distillery in 2018 and is now located just a few hundred feet away from the Read More

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A Bourbon Story

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Time does not fly when you’re waiting on full barrels of Bourbon Whiskey to grow up. Well, they used to be full. Damn angel’s keep making claims. I’m finally at the point where I’m proud to dump my first barrel. Dump meaning cut and bottle.

Mind you, I only have one ... Read More

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Our Solar Warehouse

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We have a philosophy at Dancing Tree Distillery that we should use what we have. To dispose of and replace instead of re-purposing or re-using, seems wasteful. My father just calls me “cheap”, but there is more to it.

As we began planning our distillery, an obvious first question was where ... Read More

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The Passion of Yeast – A Sobering Love Story of an Asexual Fungus and It’s Wanton Sugar Desires

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Our story begins with a sex-craved hungry little critter looking for dinner. Its full name is Saccharomyces cerevisiae, but all its friends call it yeast. Yeast is a better fit because its full name is a misnomer. Saccharomyces implies that yeast is a sugar-mold (sacchar=sugar, myces= mold). But no…the hero ... Read More

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Introducing The West End Ciderhouse!

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Deanna Schwartz is the Owner/Founder of this new Athens “winery”, as cider is technically a wine by Ohio law. Deanna has developed a taste for high-end beers, ciders, and liquors since she began hanging with producers in the mid to late ’90s. Her goal is to focus on the production ... Read More

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Introducing Fifth Element Spirits! – Formerly Dancing Tree Distillery

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Dancing Tree Distillery is changing its name to Fifth Element Spirits in the next couple of weeks. This is after managing Dancing Tree, LLC as an egg/meat bird farm, orchard, sorghum plantation, hunting grounds, silage producer and a property rental company, since Feb 2005 and as a distillery since Feb ... Read More

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Ohio: A Control State

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So, we hear the term “control state” all the time. Well, I do. What in the world does that mean? How do the laws differ for breweries, wineries, and distilleries? Don’t all states place controls, through laws, on the spirits industry? How long can the Blue Jackets suck?

Well here goes. ... Read More