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 2019, a block from the West End Ciderhouse, in the westside neighborhood of Athens, Ohio.


Walk-in or order online: snacks, cider, spirits and cocktails to go!

Carry Out & Delivery Orders

Due to the recent rise in coronavirus cases in our area, we have voluntarily decided to close our patios and revert to our carryout and delivery only sales plan. We encourage you to check out our current menu options before you walk-in; the menu is updated weekly and reflects what is generally available but items are rotated and may vary from what is on the online menu. Our online ordering option offers contact-free payments and scheduled pickup or delivery of product from both the West End Ciderhouse and West End Distillery.

Masks are required on our properties at all times.

CIDERHOUSE REGULAR HOURS:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4-8:00pm
Saturday: 4-8:00pm

Delivery is an option on Wednesday and Saturday, see “DELIVERY” below.

DISTILLERY REGULAR HOURS:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm, when in production**
Friday and Saturday Retail Shop: 12-7:00pm

**We are working in the distillery most Tues, Weds, and Thurs and will answer the doorbell if you need something (call to confirm if you’d like 740-590-5364)

DELIVERY:

Free with a $25 purchase, $5 fee for orders under $25
Orders placed by Wednesday at 1:00pm will be delivered Wednesday 5-7pm
Orders placed by 11:00am Saturday will be delivered Saturday 1-3pm


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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