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OHIO 2017

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27 w w w . o h i o h a s i t . c o m BELLE OF DAYTON DISTILLERY I n recent years, Ohio distilleries have taken off in popularity with new sites popping up frequently across the state. The Belle of Dayton Distillery illustrates this trend. Since opening in 2014, it has already garnered silver medals in 2014 and 2015 for its Dayton Small Batch Vodka in the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. Its most notable award is a platinum medal for its Dayton Vodka at the 2015 Spirits International Prestige Awards. Co-owners and brothers Murphy, Mike and Tim LaSelle create the distillery's small-batch, artisan spirits. The Belle of Dayton label pays homage to the era before Prohibition when grist mills and distilleries dotted the Miami Valley. Fiery Hell's Vodka uses seven of the hottest peppers in the world, including the Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpion. In a 350-gallon copper still, the vodka is handcrafted with 100 percent corn spirits and mineral-rich water from Dayton's Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. The 1775 Colonial Reserve Rum is made from a recipe dating to the mid-1700s that uses primarily molasses rather than sugar cane. "This hot, distilled rum is quite flavorful and made from 100 percent molasses, which emulates the blackstrap molasses that the British brought over from England," said Mike LaSelle. "It's much like the rum that George Washington might have enjoyed at Mount Vernon in the mid 18th century." On Saturday evenings, tours educate visitors about craft distillation and artisanal spirits. Groups can view the production area, including the copper still, the fermentation tanks and the bottling line. Tours conclude in the tasting room with a sample flight. Courtesy Belle of Dayton Distillery Distillery's co-owners and brothers S P I R I T S B Y E L I Z A B E T H H E Y ______ ________ _______ ______ _____ _______ I am pleased to 800-527-3387 TUSCARAWAS COUNTY IS LESS THAN TWO HOURS FROM CLEVELAND, COLUMBUS AND PITTSBURGH.

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