Stumpy’s is a Family-Owned Whiskey Farm in Columbia, IL
Columbia, IL/August 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – We’re all familiar with the farm-to-table trend in restaurants and catering, but what about farm to bottle? Would local sourcing, and growing their own ingredients entice you to try a fresh alcoholic beverage brand? What if it gave you the chance to support another local business? The folks at Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery, 1727 Centerville Road in Columbia, Illinois are hoping their grain-to-glass methods will do just that. This Metro East distillery may be the perfect brand for anyone looking for a locally sourced product which packs a punch while maintaining its small-batch integrity.
Adam Stumpf founded his distillery in 2014, after developing a business plan during an entrepreneurship class while working toward his MBA at Washington University. He started making his own beer back in his undergraduate days in Rolla, Mo. He told the Belleville News-Democrat, “There’s literally nothing to do in Rolla other than school and beer.” So, he took up brewing, eventually trying his hand at distillation. He fell in love with the process, and founded the distillery on his family’s farm. This is a small-batch, craft distillery that aims to give customers a farm fresh, pure drinking experience. This makes Stumpy’s Distillery a truly unique local business—they don’t just make the whiskey, they grow the grain and pump the water from the well to make it with. So, when they say that they are locally sourced, they really mean it.
Stumpf says being able to source almost all their ingredients from their 8th generation family farm has allowed them to have absolute control of the quality of the ingredients they use.
Stumpy’s founder Adam Stumpf spoke with Fox 2’s John Pertzborn about what goes into making quality whiskey.
Stumpy’s is the first distillery in Columbia, Illinois since the repeal of Prohibition back in the 1930’s. Before the alcohol ban was lifted, there was an illegal distillery named Old Monroe open on Main Street in Columbia. Stumpf pays tribute to the old bootleggers by adopting the Old Monroe label for his whiskeys. Stumpy’s has four labels on the market so far: Old Monroe Bourbon Whisky (single barrel wheated, 90 proof), three Old Monroe flavored whiskeys (Pecan Pie, Lemon Drop, and Honey—all 60 proof), Old Monroe White Whiskey (100 proof), and their very first product, Unbroken Vodka (80 proof). And, the distillery has something else promising in the works—a new alcohol which Stumpf calls a “Midwestern version of a Scotch single malt” which he hopes to be releasing to the public in the near future.
Want to try a taste of what Stumpy’s has to offer? Well, you can! The company’s products are available at several area retailers, and served in a variety of local restaurants and bars. Here’s a few:
Total Wine – Town & Country at 13887 Manchester Rd, Town and Country MO
Total Wine – Chesterfield at 1781 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield MO
Friar Tuck – O’Fallon at 4629 Hwy K, O’Fallon MO
Friar Tuck – Crestwood at 9053 Watson Rd, Crestwood MO
Friar Tuck – Fenton at 792 Gravois Bluff Blvd, Fenton MO
Telegraph Liquors at 5661 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Creve Coeur at 457 N Ballas Rd, Creve Coeur MO
The Wine & Cheese Place – Clayton at 7435 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis MO
Fallon’s Bar & Grill at 9200 Olive Blvd, Olivette MO
St. Louis Brewery (The Schlafly Tap Room) at 2100 Locust St, St. Louis MO
TwinOak Wood Fired Fare at 1201 Strassner, Brentwood MO
Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering at 4900 Laclede Ave, St. Louis MO
One Eyed Willie’s Pub & Grill at 2924 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, MO
Who Dat’s Southern Food at 123 South Main Street in Columbia, IL
Chateau La Vin at 119 S Main Street in Columbia, IL
J. Fires’ Market Bistro at 725 North Market Street in Waterloo, IL
Boxing Turtle Saloon at 1310 Dutch Hollow Road in Belleville, IL.
Stumpy’s products are also available online at http://stumpysspirits.com/
You can learn more about whiskey making by touring Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery. There’s also an onsite tasting room, so you can actually sip a farm fresh alcoholic beverage at the farm where it was created. Talk about knowing where your product comes from! Distillery tours, tastings, full bottle sales, and merchandise are available Thursday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The 45-minute tours begin at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
Stumpy’s also hosts special events at the distillery, such as the spirits tasting and crawfish boil (a collaboration with Geaux Cajun) back in June. Next month they’re hosting their first painting party. Reservations are being accepted for the Pour. Sip. Paint. Party! On Wednesday, August 16 (6:30 p.m.) Seating is limited. As the business continues to grow, more fresh, fun events will be held Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery. In the meantime, Adam Stumpf and his family are busy growing wheat, barley, and rye, and making farm fresh whiskey (and bourbon and vodka) from grain to glass.
Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery
Owner: Adam Stumpf
1727 Centerville Road
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: (618) 281-7733
By Katie Smith