Get a look inside the new High Bank Distillery

Written by on May 31, 2018 in Bars, Liquor - 2 Comments

High Bank Distillery will open their doors and begin pouring drinks on Monday, June 4 at 4pm.

The new distillery is the creation of Jordan Helman, owner of cold press juice shop Zest Juice Co, and partners Adam Hines and Calvin Jones.

The massive 17,000 square foot facility on Goodale in Grandview includes an 8,000 square foot restaurant with a spacious patio and a sizeable section in the back for table games including shuffle board, bubble hockey and fooseball.

“We tried to create something unique and something that doesn’t really exist in Columbus,” said Jones. “It’s kind of the brewpub concept but with a distillery and the large, open bar style that you’re seeing in downtown Columbus a lot right now.”

Cheff Todd Goodwin, most recently of the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, has been hired to lead the kitchen with a menu focused on “elevated bar food.”

“The menu is very seasonally inspired and farm-to-table for the most part,” said Goodwin. “We utilize a lot of local farms and local suppliers as much as we can. Since Zest has been so successful in Grandview, we decided to put a lot of healthier options on the menu and a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.”

In addition to dinner and lunch service — the latter of which is slated to start June 14 — High Bank will be serving brunch from 10:30-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays with menu items like bread pudding french toast, gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, and hot chicken and biscuits.

Out of the 300-gallon still, co-owner and Head Distiller Adam Hines has produced High Bank vodka, made from organic wheat and Ohio apples; State House Gin, an American-style gin that is citrus-forward. The distillery is also launching with Whiskey War, a blended rye whiskey which combines three mash bills three different Kentucky and Indiana distilleries which aged for 2.5 years. The distillery plans to produce its own bourbon which will take 2-3 years to hit the market.

“We’ll also have some special releases but we don’t know exactly what they will be yet,” said Jones. “We wanted to launch with three core products and make sure the quality was what it is first.”

The distillery’s name is out of the Ohio history books: when the state was planning the construction of the state capital, they considered Franklinton but, because of its proximity to a flood plane, chose instead to move it to the “High Bank” opposite Franklinton.

Bottles of High Bank’s spirits are currently for sale at the distillery’s retail shop and are expected to hit state liquor stores within the next 30 days. High Bank Vodka retails for $23.50, State House Gin retails for $26.99 and Whiskey War retails for $36.99.

High Bank Distillery is located at 1051 Goodale Boulevard in the Grandview area. The restaurant will open daily at 4pm through June 14, when lunch hours are set to start.

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Co-Founder of the Columbus Ale Trail.

2 Comments on "Get a look inside the new High Bank Distillery"

  1. AlohaJo June 1, 2018 at 7:37 PM · Reply

    Oh boy, I can’t wait to hear all of the great press about this places exceptional whiskey…straight from the MGP tap!

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