Don & Linda Outterson [Woodstone Creek]

Don Outterson is Cincinnati's Willy Wonka of distillation. He and his enthusiastic wife, Linda, run Woodstone Creek, an urban winery and tasting room that's also Ohio's first mico-distillery. Their excellent vodka is widely available, and Woodstone's sma

Don Outterson is Cincinnati’s Willy Wonka of distillation. He and his enthusiastic wife, Linda, run Woodstone Creek, an urban winery and tasting room that’s also Ohio’s first mico-distillery. Their excellent vodka is widely available and Woodstone’s small-batch bourbon earned praise from whiskey authority Jim Murray (“Brilliant! What a wonderful whisky! A massive well-done for a first bottling.”).

Never satisfied, in the coming months they’ll release a new rum, corn whiskey and gin (infused with a mind-boggling botanical blend including anise, orange peel, coriander, licorice and cardamom). “Right now,” Linda says, “our fruit pyments are available in blueberry, raspberry, and pomegranate.”

CityBeat: Hold on. Did you say “pyment”?
Linda:
It’s a blend of mead and another wine, dating to the late Middle Ages. We use a light, off-dry white and add a fruit puree. You really have to be a mead purist …

CB: Alright. So where’d you have your last great meal and what was it?
LO: Our favorite place in the whole world is Sorrento’s (5143 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 513-531-5070). All of their Italian food is excellent, but their Margherita Napoletana is the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. They make their own dough and tomato sauce — so it’s not real sweet — and then layer on mozzarella, garlic and herbs. It’s simple but perfect.


WOODSTONE CREEK, 3641 Newton Ave., Evanston, 513-569-0300 or www.woodstonecreek.com


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