America's Coolest Distilleries
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Middle West Spirits, Columbus, OH
Just three years after its 2010 commercial launch, Middle West’s OYO (pronounced o-why-o) whiskey has become an industry darling. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams uses it for a whiskey and pecan flavor, and Tavern Vinegar Company and Rockmill Brewery extract its essence by aging their vinegar and ale in the used oak barrels. But perhaps the best way to enjoy OYO is during the post-tour tasting, along with the bourbon whiskey, the white whiskey, and the three varieties of vodka.
Tours: 6 p.m. every Friday, plus Gallery Hop Saturdays; reservations required; $15; middlewestspirits.com.