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Family-run distillery produces bicentennial bourbon

Story and photos by India Garrish

From the preparation of mash tuns Friday night to the barreling of a family recipe Sunday, Blacksmith Artisanal Spirits of Lohman operates a family-run distillery that has quickly grown in popularity over the past year. After they created a limited-edition bourbon whiskey in June 2020 for Cole County’s bicentennial celebration, they were noticed by the state and chosen to make the official Missouri Bicentennial bourbon, which can be tasted in August.
Blacksmith Artisanal Spirits
From left, bottles of Iron Forge Corn Whiskey, Quench Tank Gin and Black Anvil Bourbon Whiskey sit on the counter during a visit with customers at Blacksmith Artisanal Spirits in Lohman. Each of these and their Cold Chisel Vodka were named as an homage to the Broker’s ancestor, who was a blacksmith.
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“Missouri 2021” is made with Missouri-grown corn and aged rye and barley in Missouri oak barrels, making it an official “Missouri Bourbon” style whiskey. It has notes of caramel, vanilla and smokiness from the barrel’s charred wood, which gives it its signature color and flavor over a two-month aging process.

Between the family’s history of spirit making and their hard-working dynamic, the “expensive hobby” has remained an exciting one for the Blacksmith crew — and one they want to continue growing for generations.
“The dynamic of working together as a family unit is so much stronger I think — and more fun,” patriarch Mike Broker Jr. said, adding the operation is always on the family’s mind. “I’m proud that (the family) took something made 70-80 years ago, have used the same recipe and adapted it to a more modern approach.”
Bicentennial celebrations will be happening now through August, when the state celebrates its 200th birthday Aug. 10.

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on July 14, 2021

Thank you India for another great article and for your interest in our Family business. I loved you piece on my dad and his dog Thunder out hunting for morels. I hope to see you when I am home to celebrate Dad’s 80th.

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