A Cautionary Tale about Producing Spirits

June 27, 2017

Norton, Ohio—Many winemakers contemplate making their own brandy, but making distilled spirits can be a hazardous undertaking. Andy and Deanna Troutman, owners of the Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton, Ohio, found that out in a devastating way May 30. Early that morning, Andy Troutman went to the winery’s distillery room and turned on the distiller. Shortly after he left the building to get a cup of coffee, there was a loud explosion. The blast and the fire that followed leveled the portion of the winery building that housed the distillery in the basement and an event room and offices above it. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and a firewall between the distillery section and the rest of the winery, including the tasting room, prevented the destruction of the entire building. 

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