New distillery and winery in the works in Yellow Springs

A distillery and winery named 'Tuck-N-Red’s' is in the works in Yellow Springs. The founders are (l-r): Charlie “Red” Harrell, Tucker “Tuck” Thompson and John “Mickee” Mick. CONTRIBUTED
A distillery and winery named 'Tuck-N-Red’s' is in the works in Yellow Springs. The founders are (l-r): Charlie “Red” Harrell, Tucker “Tuck” Thompson and John “Mickee” Mick. CONTRIBUTED

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The founders of a new distillery and winery in the works in Yellow Springs say they’re just “two good ol’ down-home country boys and a hippie,” but there’s nothing humble or laid-back about their plans for a facility and tasting room that will offer a full lineup of spirits and “mountain wines.”

The new distillery-winery will be named ‘Tuck-N-Red’s,’ and it is coming to The Millworks at 305 N. Walnut St., home to one of the region’s largest craft breweries, Yellow Springs Brewery. Tuck-N-Red’s is the brainchild of Charles “Red” Harrell), Tucker “Tuck” Thompson and John Mick.

Harrell said he and his partners will produce “spirits, 'shine and mountain wine” and are working with their neighboring business, Yellow Springs Brewery, to create “a one-stop libation destination” for craft spirits, beers and wines.

Harrell said it runs in his blood.

A distillery and winery named 'Tuck-N-Red’s' is in the works in Yellow Springs. It could be open by Christmas, its co-founder said. CONTRIBUTED
A distillery and winery named 'Tuck-N-Red’s' is in the works in Yellow Springs. It could be open by Christmas, its co-founder said. CONTRIBUTED

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“I started making wine with my grandpa when I was 10 or 12, and I really enjoyed doing it,” Harrell said. In fact, one of Tuck-N-Red’s signature wines will come from a dandelion wine recipe created by his great-grandmother.

“This is a labor of love for me,” Harrell said.

The trio is working hard to be able to source all of the rye, grains and other ingredients from within Ohio, Harrell said.

Plans call for making five or six wines from fruits and flowers, including blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, apple, dandelion and rose petal. The spirits will include traditional corn-liquor moonshine and multiple flavor variations of “shine” such as green apple, peach cobbler, raspberry, American apple pie and a barrel-aged "honey shine, as well as barrel-aged bootstrap rum, a barrel-aged multi-grain whiskey, white rum and a vodka made from sweet potatoes.

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According to license applications filed with the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control, Tuck-N-Red’s applied for licenses to manufacture wine; to manufacture less than 100,000 gallons of spiritous liquor to sell to personal consumers; to sell wine to retailers; and to sell wine to personal consumers via mail order, according to the division’s online records.

The founder of Tuck-N-Red’s are shooting for a grand opening before the end of the year.

“I am hoping and praying to be open by Christmas,” Harrell said. “If not, we’ll be up and running in early 2021.”

The Millworks was previously home to S&G Distillery/The Spirits of Yellow Springs, which is no longer operating there. Tuck-N-Red’s will take over its space and some other space adjacent to Yellow Springs Brewery.

To monitor its progress toward opening, go to www.facebook.com/TuckNReds or www.tucknreds.com.

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