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Staley Mill Farm & Indian Creek Distillery IS Open for Business PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

A few months ago, we brought you the story of the Re-enactment of 1812, which was held at the Staley Mill Farm and Distillery.  At that time, the event showcased the early American distillery, The Indian Creek Distillery, which was built by Joe and Melissa Duer on their farm located at 7095 Staley Rd, Bethel Township, Miami County.  After a full year of navigating through the bureaucratic red tape of licensing issues and obtaining all the necessary state and federal permits, the historic Indian Creek Distillery has opened its doors to the public and is now able to sell the first spirits made in its 1820-era pot stills, an un-aged rye whiskey.
Using the 200 yr. old recipe of Elias Staley, and filling up a bottle with the whiskey, Melissa says, “This bottle represents history, heritage, and preserving the old ways, it’s the spirit of American in a bottle.” Joe says, “They use the same water source, limestone spring water, and the same original 1820 stills and are confident they can replicate what was produced here before.”  Melissa’s ancestors produced rye whiskey here for 100 years, until Prohibition put an abrupt halt to the family business in 1919.  Melissa and Joe’s 21st Century whiskeys are made in the same copper-pot stills that her great-great-great grandfather Elias Staley used to distill rye whiskey in the early 19th century and these are the same stills that her great-grandfather George Washington Staley hid from the nosy federal agents nearly a century later during the height of Prohibition.  The new Miami County whiskeys are named after Melissa’s pioneering ancestor, the Elias Staley un-aged rye whiskey is available for sale for $50.00 a bottle and sometime this spring the Duer’s will roll out their aged Elias Staley rye whiskey
Hours of operation for the distillery are Thursdays 10 am – 5 pm, Fridays 10 am – 7 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm, tours are available on Saturdays for $10.00 a person with this including a tasting.  For more information you can contact Joe or Melissa at (937)846-1443 or visit the website at

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