February 02, 2022

OTR StillHouse Offers a Surprisingly Massive Outdoor Escape and Award-Winning Spirits. Let's Take a Tour

The OTR StillHouse is a distillery, winery and brewery in one. Located in a former 1890s ice manufacturing warehouse, it’s also home to an entertainment venue with indoor and outdoor space.

From entrepreneur Michele Hobbs (who launched PetWants) and partners including Master Distiller Chris Mitchell, a founder and former head brewer of Woodburn Brewing, and Dr. Tom Asquith, who worked as a whiskey scientist for Brown Forman, the in-house Knox Joseph Distillery produces award-winning gin, bourbon and blended whiskey. Describing itself as a “half-acre of relaxation within OTR,” the StillHouse opened in December.

In addition to cocktails, beer and housemade rootbeer and cream soda, the kitchen serves a small menu of smoked and grilled food, including smoked ramen, wagyu burgers and dashi boiled peanuts.

2017 Branch St., Over-the-Rhine, otrstillhouse.com.
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The OTR StillHouse is a distillery, winery and brewery in one located in a former 1890s ice manufacturing warehouse.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The OTR StillHouse is a distillery, winery and brewery in one located in a former 1890s ice manufacturing warehouse.
Set on a half-acre in Over-the-Rhine, OTR StillHouse combines a bar, indoor/outdoor space and a music venue.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Set on a half-acre in Over-the-Rhine, OTR StillHouse combines a bar, indoor/outdoor space and a music venue.
The drink menu includes housemade spirits, cocktails, beer, wine and housemade cream soda and rootbeer.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The drink menu includes housemade spirits, cocktails, beer, wine and housemade cream soda and rootbeer.
The in-house Knox Joseph Distillery produces award-winning gin, bourbon and blended whiskey.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The in-house Knox Joseph Distillery produces award-winning gin, bourbon and blended whiskey.
L to R: The Bob Braun Burgundy (fig-infused silver mezcal, housemade honey and walnut bitters) and Jazz Bird (blended whiskey, Montenegro amaro and pumpkin orgeat)
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L to R: The Bob Braun Burgundy (fig-infused silver mezcal, housemade honey and walnut bitters) and Jazz Bird (blended whiskey, Montenegro amaro and pumpkin orgeat)
The smaller front facade belies a massive outdoor space.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The smaller front facade belies a massive outdoor space.
OTR StillHouse says the artificial lawn is eco-friendly and installed by the same company who installed and maintains the pitch at TQL Stadium. Rainwater goes through the "grass" and collects in the aquifer below.
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OTR StillHouse says the artificial lawn is eco-friendly and installed by the same company who installed and maintains the pitch at TQL Stadium. Rainwater goes through the "grass" and collects in the aquifer below.
OTR Stillhouse
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OTR StillHouse entered the "U.S. Open Whiskey Championship as well as the U.S. Open Spirits Championship," reads the website. "The James Scott Blended Whiskey has now been awarded gold for two years in a row, in 2020 the Wyatt Jack Golden Gin was awarded bronze, and in 2021 the Wyatt Jack Glacial Gin was awarded silver."
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OTR StillHouse entered the "U.S. Open Whiskey Championship as well as the U.S. Open Spirits Championship," reads the website. "The James Scott Blended Whiskey has now been awarded gold for two years in a row, in 2020 the Wyatt Jack Golden Gin was awarded bronze, and in 2021 the Wyatt Jack Glacial Gin was awarded silver."
The custom vendome copper still that’s a "hybrid of pot and column elements," says OTR StillHouse.
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The custom vendome copper still that’s a "hybrid of pot and column elements," says OTR StillHouse.