Indiana Craft Distillery Approved To Expand Operations

A Clark County winery plans to expand into craft grain spirits.

In the tasting room, a Huber’s Winery employee pours some house brandy.

Photo: Amanda Solliday / WFIU-WTIU

In the tasting room, a Huber’s Winery employee pours some house brandy. The General Assembly issued the first farm winery brandy permit to Huber’s, which allows them to offer tastings and sell the spirits by glass or bottle.

Huber’s Orchard and Winery is being allowed to make the hard liquor under an Indiana law that the winery inspired last year.

The law that took effect last July created what’s called an “artisan distiller’s permit” for winery and brewery owners who wanted to add hard liquor to their production lines.

Huber’s Orchard & Winery in Borden received its permit last October…and is now facing the final step in the process to add whiskey, vodka, and gin to the fruit brandy and wine it’s already known for.

To build a brand new distillery next to his existing facilities, owner Ted Huber needs to get an empty, three-acre parcel of land rezoned. He says the main goal is to draw more tourism to the state.

“The movement throughout the United States from small craft distilleries like ourselves – small wineries, small breweries – are becoming a very popular thing in a lot of communities throughout the United States,” he says.

The Clark County Planning Commission approved the rezoning last week.

Clark County Planning Director Michael Tackatt says the county commissioners must also approve the measure and will likely hear the request at a meeting this week.

“I think it would bring more commerce, more people outside the county and the state to come see whatever else is going on the Wood Township,” he says. “Probably bring more business to Huber’s, I would say.”

Huber says the winery already generates over half a million yearly visitors, primarily from nearby Louisville, Kentucky.

Lucretia Black contributed to this report.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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