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South Bend whiskey distillery to open public bar, lounge

For The Indiana Whiskey Company, it’s all about sourcing ingredients for it liquors as locally as possible. Now, the South Bend distillery is inviting the public into its facility to taste the difference. 

The business plans to open up a bar and lounge area Wednesday, April 1, in the distillery at 1115 W. Sample St. in South Bend.

Customers can order and sample shots, cocktails and other drinks made using The Indiana Whiskey Company’s own spirits. They will also be able to tour the 5,000-square-foot facility, which churns out to 500 bottles of liquor every work week.

The distillery will also have a retail area, where people will be able to purchase glassware, shirts and other merchandise.

“What (customers) can do is come in and get a feel for our product and the history of the company,” said operations manager Michael Norris.

The bar and retail area will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday, though Norris said they might adjust the hours to accommodate for people who are just getting off work. The space will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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