Winery Tasting Room, Distillery To Open This Week

Observer Reporter

A winery and a distillery will have openings of different sorts in Washington County this week.

J&D Cellars, in Eighty Four, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today. The facility, at 290 Roupe Road, will open its new tasting room/building and wine-making area.

Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, on the other hand, will open for business Saturday morning. The makers of Liberty Pole Whiskeys, at 68 W. Maiden St. in Washington, will launch following the 10 a.m. parade on Main Street during the Whiskey Rebellion Festival. Patrons may walk through the restored building, where whiskey is being produced, and sample a Colonial punch made with a Liberty Pole Whiskey.

It will be the second distillery to open downtown in a little more than three months, following the April 1 launch of Red Pump Spirits on Main Street. Until then, Washington County hadn’t had a legal distillery since Prohibition began in 1920.

After Saturday, the Mingo Creek tasting room will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when products and seasonal cocktails may be purchased. Tours and formal tastings will be offered on Saturday afternoons starting in August.