Bently distillery tasting room opens Saturday
The fences are down and the Bently Heritage tasting room will open to the public on Saturday.
On Wednesday, owners Christopher and Camille Bently hosted a media tour of the Bently Heritage site, including the fields where all the grains are grown to where the grain is turned into spirits, including gin and vodka is the former Minden Creamery.
Winter rye, oats, wheat, corn, and barley are milled on-site and malted in-house on the malting floor.
It will be a little while before the single-malt Scotch whisky, Bently favors will be ready to go, Master Distiller Johnny Jeffery said.
Stored in a climate-controlled rickhouse, Jeffery said that the whiskey needs to be kept at a high humidity to keep from evaporating.
They have a spot in Scotland marked to keep the humidity just right.
“In the afternoon, the fog rolls in,” he said.
Bently Ranch Manager Matt McKinney said there are about 2,500 acres of Bently land are under cultivation just for the distillery operation.
The distillery is expecting a high volume of traffic on its opening weekend, with tours offered through the reservation system at bentlyheritage.com. The cost of a tour is $20; tastings are $10. The tasting room hours of operation will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. Tours will generally run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The distillery’s home, which is currently pursuing LEED Gold certification, was the site of the century-old and historic Minden Flour Mill, a local landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. have restored the historic building to state-of-the art standards.
The distillery’s Mill Building creates single malt whisky using handmade Forsyths pot stills that were imported from Scotland. The distillery’s Creamery Building distills vodka and gin, using Carl pot stills imported from Germany. Bently Heritage has also begun the process of oak barrel aging their single malt, bourbon, and rye for future releases.
Three spirit offerings are included in the first Bently Heritage release: Source One Single Estate Vodka, Source One Vodka Rested in Oak Sherry Casks, and Juniper Grove American Dry Gin. All products are sold in 750ml bottles for between $32 and $40. Bently Heritage whiskies are currently aging in barrels and will be available in the future. Work on the heritage site began in 2015. Both the mill and the creamery are on the National Register of Historic Places. Mill work included combining the four silos into one space.