Distillery in Minden aims to preserve history

MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) -- A new business in Minden is generating excitement, while also preserving history.

The Bently Heritage Estate Distillery opened for business in February 2019. Since then, people continue to visit the tasting room and taking tours to see the history-filled building transform.

The historic Minden flour mill has had better days and after a renovation project, it continues to amaze.

"I was blown away the first time I saw it," said Johnny Jeffery, Head Distiller at Bently Heritage.

He says it was no easy task to renovate this historic building.

"Initially I was a little skeptical, but it didn't take long to recognize the vision of the owners," said Jeffery.

Owners Christopher Bently, who is a Minden native and his wife Camille wanted to re-use the wood from the mill. At the mill, the team make American Single Malt Whisky.

But the mill wasn't the only building renovated, nearby the old Butter Company received a face lift as it distills vodka and gin.

Jeffery says it's all about keeping things in the region and recreating from old.

"Taking a category of whiskey that isn't well known and giving it a voice,” said Jeffery. “We are using grains from this region, we are an estate distillery."

The effort by the Bently's to keep things local isn't going unnoticed.

"The dollar isn't as mighty to him as his reputation and I can appreciate that," said George Phillips, a Minden resident.

"When I walk up that spiral staircase and see the old timbers and what was preserved. It’s incredible," said George Goodspeed, a Minden resident.

The Bently Heritage is open Thursday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. and you schedule a tour or visit the tasting room. They specialize in three different spirits and Jeffery says more will be released in the coming months.

Also, Bently Heritage also has six different whiskeys that are aging for the next five to twelve years.

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