Local distillery back in business after government shutdown
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Although the federal government's shutdown ended October 16th, the closure will not be over for Grand River Spirits craft distillery until government-approved labels are affixed
But on Saturday morning , a group of volunteers helped the distillery staff to bottle and
"All of the gentle clinking of the bottles will sound like music for us," said Karen Binder, Grand
Release of the distillery's Red Eye Pie and Red Eye Hot moonshines have been in limbo until the
Recipe and label approvals are made by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a bureau within the US Treasury Department. They regulate beer, wine and spirits businesses.
"This has been a true test for our new, little business," said Binder, adding that it is not only a
All of the distillery's spirits are made with local grain and fruit, and finished with Carbondale's