New Tilton distillery has been long time in making
DANVILLE — It has taken two years, but business partners Ernie Trinkle and Tyler Langston have finally opened their craft distillery business, Rumshine Distilling, in a new building in Tilton.
Trinkle said the two, who are contractors at their day jobs, formed a partnership two years ago with the goal of opening a distillery. Now, after completing the long licensing process and construction of their new building at 8 S. Hodge St. in Tilton, Rumshine is open for business as of last week.
According to Trinkle, a craft distillery can produce up to 15,000 gallons of alcohol a year, and so far, the business duo has three flavors of moonshine and two more on the way. Trinkle, of Danville, said he learned distilling years ago but has been doing it regularly for the last five years, which led to the idea of opening a distillery business with Langston, of Tilton.
Trinkle said first it was the craft breweries that began to spring up across the United States, then the wineries and now, it's the craft distilleries. He said everything is distilled in small batches, so there's more care in making it. He said they distill at specific temperatures, so they're only taking the best of the alcohol and getting a quality product.
Their four products so far are an 80-proof clear moonshine called Eight, a 60-proof cinnamon and brown sugar flavor called That Purple Stuff, and another 80-proof called Brass that's from wildflower honey and flavored with Hungarian oak, according to Trinkle. The two flavors pending are a 40-proof Apple Strudel and 125-proof clear Buck and a Quarter.
Trinkle said they cannot sell the alcohol for consumption at the business but sell it packaged. He said samples can be offered to customers, and they have a distributor, Liquid Assets from Sidney, they hope will get their products into liquor and other stores in the area.
Rumshine's hours are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Because he and his partner both work in construction, they may expand their hours during the winter months when their day jobs slow down.
Another pair of local business partners are still hoping to open a micro-distillery, Copper Ridge, next door to the I&I State Line Tavern, 4015 E. Main St., east of Danville. Amanda Galloway and her father, Cliff Cauley of Bismarck, are still navigating the three-stage federal licensing process, according to Galloway. They plan to make varieties of whiskey and moonshine for distribution and offer taste tests along with retail sales of their products, which, like Rumshine, won't be sold for consumption on the premises.
Earlier this year, Vermilion County granted the proposed business a local liquor license, because the building does not sit in any incorporated area. At the time, the county did not have a micro-distillery liquor license category, so the Vermilion County Board approved a new ordinance creating a new category. Galloway said they have been doing remodeling work on the interior of the building that they are leasing next door to the I&I State Line Tavern while they are waiting for the federal licensing process. She said they hope to be open in the spring.