Indianapolis-based 1205 Distillery planning tasting room in Westfield

An Indianapolis-based distillery plans to open a tasting room and cocktail lounge in Hamilton County, the owners announced Monday.

1205 Distillery, a small batch distillery that operates a tasting room and production facility at 636 Virginia Ave. in the Fletcher Place neighborhood, has started construction on the tasting room in Westfield.

The 1,700-square-foot location, 120 Camilla Court, is less than a block north of Main Street and near the U.S. 31-State Road 32 (Main Street) interchange. A December opening is planned.

The distillery, owned by Nolan Hudson and Brad Colver, was founded in December 2014. It produces and bottles rhubarb liqueur, vodka, gin, five different whiskies, rum and absinthe.

Hudson said the owners are investing about $100,000 to open the Westfield location. It will have indoor seating for roughly 55 people, plus an outdoor seating area.

He said the existing 750-square-foot tasting room in Fletcher Place is out of expansion space and is frequently packed, so the owners sought more space for the new room.

The new facility will feature craft cocktails made exclusively with 1205 Distillery spirits, plus local beers and wine options. It will not have a kitchen, but will offer food delivery and catering options from local restaurants and vendors.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring our spirits and craft cocktails to Westfield,” Hudson said in written comments. “Myself and my partner, Brad Colver, grew up in Hamilton County, so being able to bring our company to the north side is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while.”

The distillery’s spirits are sold in liquor stores, grocery stores and restaurants throughout Indiana. The business partnered with Visit Hamilton County this year to create a cocktail featuring rhubarb liqueur, gin and lemon juice called the Hamilton Co. Smash that can be found in more than 20 restaurants in the county.

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