Michelle Winchester may not be a master distiller, but that fact isn’t stopping her from following through with a dream to open a distillery.
Her latest project, Twin Spirits Distillery, is set become a reality this fall at 2931 Central Ave. NE. Through a lot of classes, conferences and parties, Winchester has learned a lot to open her own liquor business, but it hasn’t stopped the occasional apprehensive thought.
“When is somebody going to tell me ‘Lady, you’re crazy’ because I don’t have the distillery experience? But nobody ever did,” she said.
Winchester and her husband wanted to open the distillery after coming up with their own drinks and mixes over the years. She went on to attend forums and discussions through the American Distilling Institute and to learn more about distilling. She also explored several distilleries on her own.
“Whenever we had parties, we’ve always had a very full bar,” she joked. “It’s a very open industry.”
In her 100-gallon copper stills, she plans to begin with vodka and gin. Whiskey, rye-based spirits and specialty drinks are also on the table.
Twin Spirits will have a cocktail room with food pairings inspired from Winchester’s own taste profile. She isn’t planning a full kitchen, but it will have an outdoor grill and enough to support her complementary food options.
The one-woman show is set to open sometime this fall. “I’m doing this and I’m seeing it through,” she said.