by: By Dan Eaton | Columbus Business First
Posted: Jul 6, 2021 / 01:17 PM EDT
/ Updated: Jul 6, 2021 / 01:28 PM EDT
Photo by DAN EATON: Watershed’s Bottled-in-Bond bourbon.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST)–Watershed Distillery welcomed the first customers into its new restaurant in 2017.
As those patrons ate and drank, Watershed was making bourbon just beyond the glass garage doors separating the restaurant from the distillery.
That bourbon is now ready to drink.
Founder and CEO Greg Lehman called it time-traveling, and those are the tales he and his staff hope to share as they roll out a pair of new bourbon products – a bottled-in-bond bourbon and a new blended bourbon.
Watershed hosted a distillery tour and tasting with media members Thursday and Lehman often punctuated his talk with tidbits about where the bourbon was at varying stages in the company’s history. It’s that sort of storytelling the brand hopes to share with customers.
The first new bourbon is the bottled-in-bond.
“There’s something special about bottled-in-bond,” he said.
The industry designation applies to bourbon that meets a handful of specific requirements – it must be at least four years old, it must be 100 proof, and the barrels used all must be made in the same season (either January through June or July through August).
Lehman said Watershed always wanted a…