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On Saturday night, my wife and I had a rare date night on the town. We started things off with dinner at Salar in the Oregon District. Amazing atmosphere, food, and drinks made it a great start to our fun evening!
We then walked a block down to Belle of Dayton – a local distillery. I had never toured a distillery before, but was excited for the opportunity. We walked in and found a seat in front of 4 glasses and a menu of the different products we’d be tasting that night. The tour started out with one of the owners talking about the history of alcohol production in the Dayton area and then talked about how they started their business. Although they considered many names, Belle of Dayton became the name of choice. He explained that another local business discovered a bottle buried in the ground when they were doing building renovations. The bottle was from pre-prohibition and was labeled “Belle of Dayton.” Pretty cool, huh?
This adventure was all my beautiful wife’s idea! Who WOULDN’T want to sit across from her?? So beautiful!
My favorite drink during the tasting was Hell’s Vodka. The owner wasn’t lying when he said this vodka was so hot it would clear out your sinuses. It was delicious!
I also tried the 4-Grain Ohio Rye Whiskey. I normally drink my Manhattans with a rye whiskey so I was curious as to whether or not I wanted to start mixing in Belle of Dayton Rye Whiskey.
If you like rum, you’ll love the 1775 Colonial Reserve. It was very sweet-tasting!
Probably my least favorite of the tasting, but still very good, was the Belle of Dayton Vodka. I’d much rather mix it with a cocktail versus drink it straight.
We got to tour the distillery which included the barrel storage room. The owner explained how long (or short) a particular product has to age before it’s ready for consumption. Pretty interesting stuff!
I had never seen or smelled beer fermenting before. If only I had brought in a large straw….
We bought a few glasses as souvenirs! Can’t wait to drink my Manhattans in these!
I highly recommend going on the Belle of Dayton tour if you are in the Dayton area. Not only are you supporting a local small business, but it’s very fun and you learn something new!