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From seed to sip: Midwest farmers are seeing rise in popularity of craft distilling

Hayes Kelman Barrels


By Amy Bickel

On a hill in the former rough-and-tumble cattle town of Dodge City, Kansas, where outlaws were once laid to rest, sits Boot Hill Distillery. Not only are the spirits flowing here, but farmer Hayes Kelman and his staff are also tapping into the city’s wild west tourism industry. 

They show visitors how spirits are made from the grain he grows on his family’s Sublette-area farm. It’s followed by a trip to the tasting room where they can belly-up to the bar and sip whiskeys, gin and vodka, plus buy a bottle to go.

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