New Distillery Opens

Pinckney Bend Distillery Partners Jerry Meyer, Tom Anderson and Ralph Haynes toast to their new venture. The distillery is located on Miller Street in Downtown New Haven.

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Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven is expected to be fully operational by late summer.

After years of planning followed by a lengthy application process, the distillery has received a license from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to manufacture and distribute spirits.

The distillery is located on Miller Street in Downtown New Haven.

Principals Jerry Meyer, Tom Anderson and Ralph Haynes are all from the New Haven area, and all come to distilling as longtime artisan brewers.

Anderson, who will serve as head distiller, said “good malt whiskey starts with whole grain, and uses many of the same techniques and skills used in brewing. So the move to distilling was a logical next step for us.”

“We’ll launch with an American gin, and a clear, new-made malt whiskey product, but most of our effort will be focused on getting whiskey into new Missouri oak barrels to age,” said Meyer, who is CFO. “Clear, unaged whiskey is an exciting new product category that is just beginning to get some traction with consumers, but wood is what really works the magic on whiskey.”

Haynes, who is responsible for sales and marketing, explained that Missouri is an ideal state for craft distillers.

“Much like our state’s wineries, Pinckney Bend Distillery will be licensed to manufacture, distribute, and sell its product at retail directly to the public,” Haynes said. “When we combine this important sales advantage with premium quality, handcrafted product and our destination-oriented location in downtown New Haven, I believe we have a recipe for success.”

Artisan distilleries, also referred to as craft- or micro-distilleries, produce spirits by hand in small batches. This is in contrast to most major brands, which are produced on an industrial scale. Today there are more than 260 licensed craft-distilleries nationwide, five of which are located in Missouri.