As part of the brewery’s expansion, Unknown Brewing announced in a press release it began construction on a micro-distillery. The new Wood & Grain Project, as Unknown Brewing calls it, will be using grains to create bourbon, gin and rum. It will also use wooden barrels to age the spirits, hence, Wood & Grain. The new micro-distillery will focus on small batches, with yields of one or two cases of each spirit. The first batch expected to be released by Unknown Wood & Grain Project is a tonic.
“We will mostly be distilling small batches, one-offs, and collaborations. For us, beer is one great way to flex our creativity, but at The Unknown, we always want to push ourselves to achieve and create as much in the craft realm as possible” says owner Brad Shell. “The concept is easy. Wood and grain. We will be using some of the best grains in batches of rums, gins, and bourbons…The twist is our plan to use rare barrels and aromatic woods to age our spirits. We encourage people to come in and see all these changes as they happen,” Shell said. “It’s going to be a fun adventure for us and the city we love.”
Once the micro-distillery project construction is complete, Unknown plans to renovate the front section of their building with a rooftop bar and a wrap-around bar, new roll-up windows and private event space.
“We intend for the front of our brewery to be a beautiful space that emphasizes craft, the whole look and vibe of our taproom will be transformed over the next few months” says the press release.