Welcome to the Distillery
Our mission at West End Ciderworks & Distillery (formerly Fifth Element Spirits) is to use the finest, locally-sourced fruits, grains, roots, and herbs to produce top-shelf spirits and farmhouse ciders that embody flavors and styles uniquely Appalachian. After a long renovation & permit process, we began production in 2019, a block or so from the West End Ciderhouse, right here in the westside neighborhood of Athens, Ohio.
Open to the public now!
Tasting Room Hours
Wed & Thurs: 3pm-7pm
Fri & Sat: 1pm-7pm
For tours and questions, please contact us.
Vodka from Grapes
vodka distilled from grapes (seasonal)
Our mission is to use ingredients from growers we know, the closer to home the better. 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 again. This ...
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 ...