Commissioners approve expansion for local distillery

YORK – The York County Commissioners have given their stamp of approval for an expansion at a local distillery.

Last January, they sent their recommendation of approval to the Nebraska Liquor Commission for a Class Z liquor license to be given to Blended Distilling LLC.

As explained by the owner, Derek Keller, they create a sugar-based moonshine made from beet sugar. They started with recipe rights from an agreement with another distillery in Colorado. He said barrel-aged products will take 3-5 years to make and will be worked in as the business grows. The majority of bulk sales are through a distributor, Keller said back in January, “and a tasting room will be the secondary source of income, through retail sales and then actual samples purchased in the tasting room.”

“This was in front of us earlier this year,” Commissioner Randy Obermier reminded the other commissioners this week. “He had an opening around the first of May and now they are going to be adding this space, an outdoor area approximately 120 feet by 60 feet, as a tasting space.”

Keller said this is an outdoor, fenced-in area.

Obermier inquired as to how the business is doing, with Keller saying they had a soft opening and are gradually “going steady.”

The commissioners said yes to the inclusion of the new area to be licensed and wished Keller all their best for his venture.

The county board has been asked to consider the liquor license and now the addition because the location of the business is outside the city limits of any municipality, as it is located at 1420 Road N.

No one from the public has spoken in favor of or against the original liquor license application, or the same for their newest addition.

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