Wide River Wheat
NOT CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION-LAST MADE 2011
We distilled this 100% wheat spirit using organic wheat from Tracy Doonan in Reynolds, Illinois. The spirit was then aged in oak barrels. During the last month of aging, this spirit was transferred to oak used to age wine at Wide River Winery. This oak was used to age wine made from a local grape called Corot Noir. This grape was grown by Gene Meyer in Pittsfield, Illinois. That wine is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for Wide River’s Felony Red wine. This left us with a light summertime sipper with a wonderful hint of red wine.
Our difference is our grain to glass approach
We’re surrounded by some of the finest grain fields in the world. It only makes sense to make the finest spirits from that grain as well. We purchase farm fresh grain, directly from the farmers who grow it. 100% of our grains come from within 25 miles of our distillery. Take our tour and you can see the entire process of spirit making from beginning to end. We’re one of a handful of distillers in the U.S. who take the “grain to glass” small batch distillation approach.
What “grain to glass” means is that we handle every step of the process ourselves, taking our fresh grain and make it into your favorite liquors. We sort and clean the grain and then mill it into a flour-like consistency. We cook the grain to make our mash and then add yeast to let it ferment. We distill the fermented mash and then filter it and blend it to proof. From there, it either goes into a barrel or a bottle. We bottle our spirits by hand. The important thing is that it is all done under our watchful eye, under one roof. We don’t outsource anything. It’s not always efficient but we pride ourselves on inefficiencies that result in a premium product. We know you’ll grow to appreciate our “grain to glass” approach once our spirits go from that glass onto your taste-buds!