FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The area’s only distillery is now open.
Three Rivers Distilling Co. opened at 224 E. Wallace St. in Fort Wayne with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday.
Founded by Stephen Blevins and Travis Kraick, Three Rivers Distilling Co. is northeast Indiana’s first craft distillery since Prohibition, producing a full lineup of grain-to-bottle products made in Fort Wayne. Ingredients sourced, such as wheat and corn, grow within 100 miles of the distillery and spent grains are given back to Indiana farmers for feed, creating a sustainable cycle with little to no waste.
“Three Rivers Distilling is committed to producing the highest quality stand-alone spirits,” said Stephen Blevins, CEO. “We’re a true small batch distillery, capturing only the finest cuts to finish and bottle, for a final product that pairs well with an empty glass.”
Three Rivers Distilling Co. will launch its product line featuring vodka, gin, and white rum with distribution to northeast Indiana restaurants, bars, and retail establishments for purchase. Aged spirits such as whiskey and dark rum will be released once the barrel aging is complete. Three Rivers Distilling Co. will also introduce specialty, seasonal, and limited release products throughout the year.
“Small business growth is critical to the current and future success of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We appreciate the commitment by Three Rivers Distilling to invest in the urban core of our City. Business investments continue to position our community as a leader in economic development opportunities and quality of life enhancements.”
“Our city represents everything we’re about at Three Rivers Distilling: a time-honored tradition with a twist of progressive spirit,” stated Travis Kraick, COO. “As a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne and a 14- year member of the local Air National Guard unit, I have always supported this community; its resiliency, its energy, and its growth. We’re very excited to be part of the momentum in downtown Fort Wayne.”
Three Rivers Distilling Co. is located in a 7,108 sf industrial building on Wallace Street in between Lafayette and Clinton streets. The building offers a lounge with seating and tables that overlook the distilling area. Patrons are encouraged to be part of the distilling process by assisting with bottling, and signing bottles with their initials. Tours are available as walk-ins during the business hours of Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment after hours and on weekends.
“The Fort Wayne UEA is pleased and excited to welcome Northeast Indiana’s only craft distillery into the heart of the Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ),” stated Gina Kostoff, Executive Director of the Urban Enterprise Association. “Their progressive ideas and entrepreneurial drive represent exactly the kinds of business we hope to attract to the UEZ. Investments like this are critical to the continued economic and physical revitalization of the UEZ and serve as a catalyst for other entrepreneurs.”
For more information about Three Rivers Distilling Co., visit www.3RDistilling.com or stop by during business hours for a personal tour.