LIQUID LIBRARY

Yahara Bay Distillery Widens It Space

By Rachel Werner | Photographed By Shanna Wolf

Yahara Bay Distillery outgrew its original Fitchburg facility in record time, thanks to cranking out over 25 private-label spirits a year, in addition to housing the expansive packaging and storage operation of Vom Fass U.S.A.

“What’s not well known is that this is technically our second expansion,” says co-owner Catherine Quint. “We enlarged the first locale from 4,000 to 8,000 square feet so this time around we knew we’d better at least double that—and then some.”

And Quint and her husband Nick did just that by designing their new 20,000-square-foot venue in Fitchburg to include a bi-level event space, art gallery and a second 300-gallon still, scaled up from its 90-gallon predecessor. But Quint is quick to dispel any rumors that the distillery is barreling toward mass production.

“We remain a family-run, production-first facility,” she says. “We simply have a bigger capacity to serve customers’ needs by providing an alternative and inviting place for expos, meetings and private classes. Whatever you’re looking to host, we now have more than 200 seats to offer you.”

The Quints and their staff also continue to pride themselves on educating their guests on the science behind making quality liquor and tasty cocktails. Entry passage walls are adorned with real Yahara product bottles with distilling facts etched into the glass, while happy hour patrons are challenged to think outside the box in terms of spirit and mixer combos. What’s inside an Orange Chai Mule? It’s worth swinging by after work to find out.

yaharabay.com | 6250 Nesbitt Road #200, Fitchburg.

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