Welcome to the Distillery

Our mission at West End Distillery (formerly Fifth Element Spirits) is to use the finest, locally-sourced fruits, grains, roots, and herbs to produce top-shelf spirits and that embody flavors and styles uniquely Appalachian. After a long renovation & permit process, we began production in 2018, a block from the West End Ciderhouse, in the westside neighborhood of Athens, Ohio.


Regarding COVID: Patio seating at both the Ciderhouse and the Distillery is available on a first-come, first-served basis at this time. No indoor seating (limited indoor seating planned at beginning of June). All city and state mask and spacing mandates are strictly followed and respectfully enforced. We thank you for your cooperation.

  • West End Distillery and Eleven Square spirits at the West End Distillery Retail Shop, entrance located across Shafer Street from the Ciderhouse, take-out cider and cocktail options too, as well as bottles of spirits, fruity and savory mixers, tonics, vermouths, garnishes, mixing tools and more!
  • Ciderhouse On-premise & Take Out Menu to expedite service, we encourage you to take a look at our current on premise and take-out before visiting. Don’t see what you were looking for? We still offer many made-to-order cocktails at the Ciderhouse in addition to what’s listed on the menu, come in and see us!
  • Order Online for hands-free payment and a scheduled pickup time at either the Ciderhouse or the Distillery, you chose a pick-up location upon paying for your order (we ask that you allow at least 30 minutes for your order to be filled after paying online. Please make a note on your order if you’d like curbside pick-up and we will coordinate that option with you via phone call).
  • Delivery offers a contact free option and is available within a 5 mile radius of our location in Athens. Deliveries are Wednesday evening or Saturday afternoon only.
    • For Wednesday delivery between 5:00 and 7:00pm, place your order by 1:00pm Wednesday afternoon.
    • For Saturday delivery between 1:00 and 3:00pm, place your order by 11:00am Saturday morning.
    • Delivery orders must be paid online.
    • We will call or text you when we’ve delivered your order.
    • Delivery is free when you spend $20 or more. Orders under $20 will be charged a $5 fee.
  • You must be 21 to purchase alcohol.
CIDERHOUSE REGULAR HOURS:

Wednesday, Thursday: 4-8:00pm | Friday: 4-10:00pm | Saturday: 2-10:00pm

Sunday-Tuesday: closed

DISTILLERY REGULAR HOURS:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Friday and Saturday Retail Shop: 12-7:00pm Sunday/Monday: Closed

For tours, impromptu retail and wholesale purchases, and other questions, please contact us.

Our Spirits

Eleven Square Garlic Peppercorn Vodka

40% ALC/VOL | 80 Proof | 750 mL

Our Eleven Square Vodka infused with lots of garlic and black peppercorns. Designed for a Bloody Mary, but great with pickle juice! Also great for cooking.

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Eleven Square Garlic Peppercorn Vodka

7YO Apple Brandy

40% ALC/VOL | 80 Proof | 750 mL

This seven year old brandy was fermented and distilled from southeastern Ohio grown apples, including sweet, bitter-sweet and bitter-sharp varieties. Aged in our first two fifteen gallon bourbon barrels at 65% ABV for seven years. Hints of oak and vanilla lead the way to a subtle dry apple finish. Sixty-one bottles Fifth Element Spirits Apple Brandy. No serial numbers.

102 bottles Athens West End Distillery. Serial numbers 1-103.

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7YO Apple Brandy

Eleven Square Dry Gin

45% ALC/VOL | 90 Proof | 750 mL

Non-GM Corn-based Spirits grown in Missouri’s “Golden Triangle” botanically infused with juniper, rosehips, orange peel, and lemongrass. A traditional London style Dry Gin. Silver medal winner 2020 ADI competition, Classic Gin.

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Eleven Square Dry Gin

Eleven Square Vodka

40% ALC/VOL | 80 Proof | 750 mL

Non-GM Corn-based Spirits grown in Missouri’s “Golden Triangle.” Clean American vodka character, perfect for all cocktails.

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Eleven Square Vodka

Coffee Liqueur

25% ALC/VOL | 50 Proof | 750 mL

A blend of West End Vodka distilled from grapes, locally roasted Fair Trade beans from Dawn Chorus Coffee, unfiltered, raw honey from our friends at Circle B Apiary out of Circleville, and a bit of our own vanilla infusion; our coffee liqueur tastes like coffee first, candy second.

We begin with Cafe Femenino beans from Peru. Femenino is a women’s empowerment organization developed to help women coffee producers overcome abuse, poverty, and gender inequality. These beans, which are imported by Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO), are roasted by Silver Bridge Coffee in Gallipolis, Ohio to the specs of Athenian Constantine Fallers’ company, Dawn Chorus. When we ...

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Coffee Liqueur

Elderberry Brandy

40% ALC/VOL | 80 Proof | 375 mL

When I was growing up, my Grandfather always had a couple of vintages of his homemade Elderberry Wine aging in oak barrels in the cellar. My father would tell stories of he and his buddies laying on their backs, opening the spigots for each other, and hoping “Pa” didn’t come home too soon. The idea of carrying on the tradition of Elderberry Wine led me to what I believe to be the obvious conclusion of a spirit buff, distill it into brandy.

Although Grandpa’s berries were wild-harvested, we acquired ours from our friendly neighbor’s winery only four miles from our shop. The Shade Winery shrubbery, we ...

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Elderberry Brandy

Spicebush Gin

45% ALC/VOL | 90 Proof | 750 mL

I’ve been a friend of Chris Chmiel of Integration Acres for many years now. Chmiel has been my supplier for the papaw in my wheat beer for over a decade. As I was working out my formulation for our Gin, I went to Chris for advice, knowing he is a gin guy. “Spicebush,” he said. That’s where it all started.

Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spicebush or even Appalachian allspice, is a native shrub to our parts and seemed a natural fit. As the common name implies, the berries of this understory woody plant, have a wonderful, rich and spicy, flavor and aroma, similar to the ...

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Spicebush Gin

Vodka from Grapes

40% ALC/VOL | 80 Proof | 750 mL

vodka distilled from grapes (seasonal)

Our goal is to use ingredients from growers we know, the closer to home the better, whenever possible. This Vodka is distilled from Vidal grapes, half of which were grown a few ridges over at Shade Winery. The other half were grown in Republic, Ohio at Dead Drop Vineyards.

This ultra-smooth vodka is made from Vidal pomace to be exact. Pomace is the combination of pulp, skins, and seeds left over after the initial pressing of the grapes. We take the pomace from Shade Winery after their annual pressing and add fresh water back. We let this mixture sit overnight and press ...

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Vodka from Grapes

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