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Columbus brand bringing 14-acre campus, state’s largest distillery to east side

Columbus brand bringing 14-acre campus, state’s largest distillery to east side

Jack McLaughlin

Middle West distillery is headed to the east side, with big plans in tow.

Yesterday, the Columbus-based distillery announced it will bring a 14-acre campus to 1165 Alum Creek Dr. 

Middle West will open a 75,000 production facility, a packaging and bottling facility, a grain recycling center and corporate offices on the east side site, which it purchased in 2020. According to a press release from Middle West, the new location will make the Columbus brand the state’s largest distillery and a top-10 “grain-to-glass” spirits producer in the country.


“We are excited about the Alum Creek development and the future of our company. The expansion of our operations allows us to hit capacities, aging goals and the volumes needed to continue to develop our brands and partnership programs,” said Ryan Lang, founder and CEO of Middle West Spirits in a press release. “Our team has worked tirelessly over the last 15 years to bring us to this point, and we are excited to start the next chapter of Middle West.”

There are no immediate plans to create a tasting facility or restaurant at the new location, but Middle West said it will build out the new campus keeping the “possibility of a future hospitality space” open.

Middle West will continue to operate its original Short North distillery, and Service Bar–the lauded eatery situated inside this space–will remain open as well.

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