IDLEWILD SPIRITS DISTILLERY
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.