A spirited opening

By Heather Willard Messenger Staff Journalist,

November 19, 2019


In a plain building located just off of Shafer Street, owners of the West Side Ciderhouse and Distillery have been slowly growing new roots in the Athens West Side community.

That’s because Kelly Sauber and his partner, Deanna Schwartz, have moved liquor and cider production operations from Meigs County to a location next to the Ciderhouse, thus creating the West End Distillery. While Sauber has been producing his alcoholic beverages there for awhile, extensive remodeling of the location has also been underway to add to the production aspect.

“Totally rewired the entire building, re-ran the plumbing for the entire building, re-roofed the entire building — basically we started from scratch,” Sauber said.

Don’t be fooled, this is not just another bar. The main purpose of the location, 237 W. State St., will be production of many ciders and liquors, to be sold in take-home sizes through the tasting room portion of the Distillery location, and to supply the Ciderhouse.


Read the complete article in the Messenger here: https://www.athensmessenger.com/news/a-spirited-opening/article_bad7622c-7cea-5cbc-b096-3b5e095c0f01.html