West of 105 Magazine - - Drinking & Dining -


Owner and mas­ter dis­tiller Jeff Ruhle first got in­volved with spir­its in the same way as many other dis­tillers, by brew­ing beer at home, ex­pect in Ruhle's case it was col­lege and it was be­cause he couldn't legally buy beer. The de­ci­sion to start a brew­ery even­tu­ally ma­te­ri­al­ized but af­ter get­ting some work ex­pe­ri­ence at a friend's brew­ery he re­al­ized it took as much busi­ness acu­men as beery alchemy to run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness and so at­tended busi­ness school. In the in­terim, a friend in­tro­duced him to moon­shine and Ruhle re­al­ized that it was a bet­ter fit for him and a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity - and Idlewild was born. Idlewild cur­rently pro­duces vodka, a few kinds of gin, a cou­ple of rums, white whiskey, bour­bon, rye, sin­gle malt, a cof­fee liquor and grappa. And you can be sure that Idlewild will con­tinue cre­at­ing, af­ter all, Ruhle says, that's his fa­vorite part.

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