The following statement was issued Friday on behalf of Christopher Bently with additional information about Nevada Heritage:
Christopher Bently, a local entrepreneur and businessman, announced that he is converting the Minden Flour Milling Company building — a National Registered Historic Place — into a craft distillery named Nevada Heritage.
The new distillery will be one of the first operating in the state since Assembly Bill 153 was passed earlier this year, allowing local distilleries to operate. This puts Nevada Heritage in notable company with fellow Silver State artisans as well as landing Minden at the forefront of a burgeoning new industry.Nevada Heritage will live up to its name by reintroducing the best traditions of the Old West, while embracing New West values such as sustainability and premium quality.
Before the Civil War, the Silver State flourished with small distilleries that were supplied by the abundant wheat, barley and hops. Like these distilleries of the bygone West, Nevada Heritage will use only locally grown greens: winter rye and other plants will be harvested from the land of its sister company, Bently Ranch. The ranch itself operates in the cowboy tradition, but employs cutting-edge sustainability measures.
Nevada Heritage’s home in the historic Minden Flour Milling Company, right in the heart of Minden, does more than just dramatize the new distillery’s pride in tradition — its location will contribute to Minden’s continuing revitalization as well as preserve the town’s rich heritage.
With the idea of preserving its heritage the company is working on refitting the building to LEED Platinum standards — the highest rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification principles.
Nevada Heritage’s goal isn’t just to produce artisanal-quality spirits, but to set a new standard for sustainable production in the state of Nevada, thus innovating an industry while revitalizing the craft distilling tradition.
“As a longtime member of the Carson Valley community, I’m excited about its future.,” Bently said. “Revitalizing the area shouldn’t mean building subdivisions and big box stores. “The way forward lies in innovation, preservation of the area’s colorful past, and the conservation of its wide open spaces. I will make every possible effort to preserve this natural beauty, while working to reinvigorate its economy. Nevada Heritage will be emblematic of everything I believe in: a first-class, hand-crafted product that preserves local history while embracing tradition.”
As an avid environmentalist, Bently insists on nothing less than exemplary green operating fundamentals in every one of the Bently Enterprises companies. Along with producing [biofuels] and investing in green technology, he is creating a fully organic and sustainable ranching practice in Nevada’s beautiful Carson Valley.