Distillery: Square One Brewery and Distillery (Spirits of St. Louis)

Spirits of St. Louis was the first craft spirit line to launch in the St. Louis area. A decade ago, owner Steve Neukomm had been brewing beer at Square One Brewery, a brewpub in Lafayette Square. In 2008, he started making spirits he would enjoy drinking, and today, he produces vodka, gin, rum and his signature, award-winning J.J. Neukomm Missouri malt whiskey, made with 25 percent cherrywood-smoked malt and aged in Missouri oak barrels. (Photo courtesy of Square One Brewery and Distillery)

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Square One Brewery and Distillery (Spirits of St. Louis), squareonebrewery.com

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