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Oklahoma distillers barrel ahead with new ventures in Guthrie, Moore

Construction on the Prairie Wolf Spirits distillery in Guthrie set to begin Tuesday; Twister Distillery Co. in Moore awaits final license approval.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: September 5, 2012
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Lucy Swanson, sales manager for the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the distillery will be an excellent addition to the city's downtown and complement other businesses such as the Pollard Theater, bed-and-breakfasts, hotels and live music venues.

“We used to have a lot of tourists and it kind of dwindled,” she said. “We're trying to develop an atmosphere where people want to come and hang out.”

Twister Distillery in Moore is about a month away from beginning production, said owner Garrett Janko, who plans to introduce two products initially: Twister Vodka and Gustav Reserve Whiskey. The whiskey, named after his father, has to age in a barrel for several years. He has already installed the equipment, purchased at auction from an artisan distillery in Arkansas, and is awaiting final approval on his license.

Twister Distillery, at 2602 N Moore Ave., is in an industrial business park fronting Interstate 35. Janko said it will have a tasting room with a detached bar. It's a dream he's had for years and saved up for through his other business, Tire Stop in Norman.

Distilling is a family trade Janko learned over the years. A Moore resident, Janko's family emigrated in the early 1900s from the Czech Republic, where they owned a distillery and brewery.

“I'm going to try to keep true to our family values and put a local twist on it,” he said.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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