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.
Bringing your own food or having food delivered to the Ciderhouse or Distillery is welcome
DISTILLERY RETAIL SHOP REGULAR HOURS:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: by appointment only
Friday and Saturday Retail Shop: 12pm – 6pm
For tours, impromptu retail and wholesale purchases, and other questions, please contact us.
7YO Apple Brandy
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.
2022 Release, 6 year old straight bourbon whiskey is brewed, fermented and distilled on premises from Ohio grown yellow dent corn and 2-row barley malt. Aged in charred Ohio made oak barrels.
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, ...
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 ...
Eleven Square Dry Gin
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.
Eleven Square Garlic Peppercorn Vodka
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.
Eleven Square Vodka
Non-GM Corn-based Spirits grown in Missouri’s “Golden Triangle.” Clean American vodka character, perfect for all cocktails.
Hill Spirits Elder Gin
West End Distillery, in collaboration with Hill Spirits and United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary, is proud to present:
Hill Spirits Elder Gin
An earthen decoction of Elderflower, Eastern Red Cedar, and American Ginseng sourced from the hills of Appalachian Ohio.
Crafted with intention by West End Distillery to paired with vinyl release of Hill Spirits, the self-titled album by Athens’ folk collective Hill Spirits, and to support the preservation of American Ginseng at United Plant ...
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 ...
Vodka from Grapes
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 ...