Edberg & Gernes Tour Whiskey Acres in DeKalb, IL. 5/5/2023

We toured the Whiskey Acres Estate on 5/5/2023 to learn about the distillery and sample a few of it’s products. It’s located just out side of DeKalb, IL. which is an easy 35 min drive west on I-88 from Naperville. Sue and I arrived for our 6pm tour at 4:30 and had a picnic lunch in their courtyard. It was the first 80 day, breezy and relaxing. The Gernes family arrived soon thereafter (Deborah, Lee, Adam, Ren & 2 other friends). On the tour we learned that Whiskey Acres distillery opened about 2014 on a corner of the 2000 acre farm to diversify income. They are only the 2nd Artisan distillery in America to grow all of the grain (corn, wheat, rye & barley) they also use in their products. They specialize in Bourbon and Rye. The master distiller retired from Makers Mark. I took Tour Pictures showing the distillery during the tour. At the end of the tour we sampled a Bonded Bourbon, Straight Rye, and their Artisan Series Bourbon. I liked the Bonded Bourbon best (honey notes – dare I say similar to Makers Mark) best. The Straight Rye was lightly flavored for the new rye drinker. The Artisan Series Bourbon was the smoothest but lacked body IMO.

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