Three Rivers Distilling Co. – A taste of hometown spirit
Mar27

Three Rivers Distilling Co. – A taste of hometown spirit

“This story was originally published in the March 7, 2018 issue of Input Fort Wayne as “A taste of hometown spirit.”    There is a rebirth happening in the 46803, and one key reason is Three Rivers Distilling Co. (TRDC). They’re the first craft distillery to open in northeast Indiana since prohibition, and they have been creating spirits in their warehouse-turned-distillery at 224 East Wallace Street since 2016. The wheat and corn that they use grows within 100 miles of the distillery, and they take pride in using Hoosier resources they can give back to the community in their Harvester Vodka, Three Rivers Wheated Bourbon, Summit City Gin, River City Rum, Coffee Liqueur, 122 Corn Whiskey, and Franklin B. Rye Whiskey. If some of these names sound familiar, it is because they honor both the history of Fort Wayne and the local military. Until this year, TRDC’s products have been available at restaurants, groceries, and liquor stores. Now, the distillery is taking its impact to the next level by adding a tasting room to its facilities where residents can discover a previously unvisited corner of town. Veteran owned and made Perhaps the first thing to know about TRDC is everything is veteran owned and veteran made. Aaron Pence, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has served in the National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing for 15 years and has served in 4 tours overseas. The 122nd Fighter Wing has contributed multiple combat medical teams, vehicle drivers, security forces squads, and pilots to the military forces at large. Combat zone assignments include Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, and more. The TRDC 122 Corn Whiskey is named in honor of the 122nd Fighter Wing. TRDC describes it as “an intense, un-aged corn whiskey honoring the servicemen and women of our local community.” “Veteran made and owned is very important,” Pence says. “It’s a way to give back to those who have served. It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood, and we share the same work ethic, values, and integrity as well as a desire for excellence. We all share a passion, and it translates into the spirits we make.” The passion Pence talks about translates from his military career to the downtown neighborhood TRDC calls home. Doing business in 46803 Pence says one of the first things that mattered to TRDC was being as close to downtown as possible. They also needed to be in an area zoned for industrial use to distill spirits. That combination of factors led them to a neighborhood just south of downtown, between Calhoun Street and Lafayette. “We found a beautiful historic building in this neighborhood that overlooks...

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