Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Rachel Abbey McCafferty.
Tom Lix isn’t just excited that he figured out a way to make whiskey faster. He’s excited that the process allows him to experiment and innovate in ways that weren’t possible for the industry before.
Lix, the founder and chairman of Cleveland Whiskey LLC, said the accelerated process the company uses to make its whiskey and bourbon in less time also lets the company infuse its liquors with the flavors of woods like black cherry, hickory or apple that are too porous to use for traditional barrels. Cleveland Whiskey instead puts the alcohol and the wood it’s using for flavor in a stainless steel container and applies pressure.
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Originally published July 3, 2016.