Middle West Spirits in Columbus, Ohio has completed Phase 1 of their massive expansion plans. Company Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Lang says this latest expansion of the distillery makes them not only the largest distillery in Ohio but also a ‘top 10 grain-to-glass whiskey & spirits producer‘ in the United States overall.
The expansion increased distillation capacity by tenfold, adding a state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot distillery along with grain processing and bottling facilities. The expansion triples the employee base with more additions to come in 2024, plus management of over 25,000 acres of local grain farmland.
Middle West Spirits was co-founded in 2008 by Head Distiller and CEO Ryan Lang and was built on a passion for crafting the highest quality spirits. Lang comes from a family heritage of distilling and agriculture spanning four generations, which inspired his journey to learn every aspect of whiskey making. With over 15 years of experience producing award-winning spirits, the Middle West team has extensive knowledge and now has ample capacity to pay it forward by providing the craftsmanship and facilities to support fellow whiskey makers at any part of their journey, from small batch to large format and seed selection to bottling.
“Along the journey of our own whiskey making development and growth, we have collaborated with partners at every stage and size of the process, from testing to full-scale commercial production. Now that our expansion is complete, we are excited to continue these partnerships and help more fellow distillers by assisting with all aspects of whiskey-making while we continue growing and innovating our own brands,” said Lang.
Phase I includes a 75,000 square foot distillery with new milling equipment, four 12,500-gallon cookers, 14 50,000-gallon fermentation tanks, a massive 78′ distillation tower to hold a 60” x 55’ Vendome Copper & Brass Works column still, a grain recycling center, packaging and bottling facility and more. The project also includes new office space to support growing its headquarters and positions the site for the possibility of future growth. Phase II will focus on creating a visitor center and experience.
Middle West Spirits Offers Their Own Brands and Contract Distillation
Middle West Spirits currently produces 15 of its own branded products, including MIDDLE WEST Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey, the super-premium Double Cask Whiskey Collection, OYO vodkas, Vim & Petal and Lux & Umbra gins.
Middle West Spirits’ Partnership team has collaborated with dozens of companies such as Hotel Tango, Horse Soldier and Old Line Spirits to develop unique products. With the expansion complete, the team is ready to add new partners in need of grain sourcing and processing, state-of the-art distilling, bottling and blending, barrel maturation and finished goods storage aged, barreled and bulk whiskey and fulfillment.
Middle West Spirits was built on a passion for crafting the highest quality spirits. Middle West uses unique, Ohio grains and controls every step of the production process – from seed selection to on-site grain processing, distilling, aging, blending, and bottling – all in its Columbus, Ohio distilleries.
Distilling Operations to Continue at Both Locations
Middle West will distill out of its newly completed Alum Creek Drive facility as well as its original Courtland Avenue facility, which houses the company’s retail Bottle Shop and acclaimed Service Bar restaurant.