PIQUA — Missy Duer, Owner of Staley Mill Farm & Indian Creek Distillery will be the featured speaker for the May 10 YWCA Monthly Luncheon Series. The program, which begins at 11 a.m., is free and open to the public. A noon luncheon ($6/person) follows.
“This sixth-generation, family-owned New Carlisle farm and distillery began on a 160-acre tract of land where a grist mill was built in 1818,” said Duer.
“The gristmill continued to grind grain into flour until the early 1900’s and is still standing with all the original equipment from 1818. Steam power was used at that time and the mill gives visitors a glimpse into the operation of the pre-Civil War water-powered process.”.
The distillery produced double copper distilled rye whiskey and was active until the middle of the Civil War. Whiskey went into production again until the 1880’s and production ended with Prohibition in 1920. A new Artisan Farm Distillery was built in 2011 and represents the legacy of farm distilling: past, present and future.
“We are the only family-owned historic artisan farm distillery in the U.S. using the old-fashioned double copper distilling method,”Duer noted.
Duer will share other features of the house and farm where she and her family now live. “The farmstead itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm is a living monument to the past where history is alive and well,” Duer said.
Reservations for the program and luncheon must be made by Monday, May 8, by calling the YWCA at 773-6626. A UVMC nurse is available during the event from 10:15-11 a.m. for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.