Killbuck Creek Distillery celebrates grand opening

| March 19, 2018

Rob Ashcraft (third from left) and Larry Turner (fourth from right) prepare to cut the ribbon to officially celebrate Killbuck Creek Distillery’s grand opening on March 17. Josie Sellers | Beacon

WARSAW – Killbuck Creek Distillery celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with its grand opening.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this new business and a real tourism destination for Coshocton County,” said Amy Stockdale, executive director of the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce.

She and other county officials gathered in front of the distillery with owners Rob Ashcraft and Larry Turner for an official ribbon cutting.

“I’ve known Rob a long time and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the fruits of his labor bring a new business to our community,” said Coshocton County Commissioner Gary Fischer. “I’ve just gotten to know Larry, but I’ve already learned to love him too. I’d wish these guys good luck, but I don’t think they need it.”

Tiffany Swigert, executive director of the Coshocton Port Authority, agreed with Fischer.

“I can’t wait to see where they go from here,” she said. “I think they already have the full support of the community behind them.”

After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to come in for tastings of the distillery’s white whiskey, rum and vodka. Bottles of each were available for purchase and so was Killbuck Creek merchandise. Lunch also was served as part of the grand opening.

Killbuck Creek Distillery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 42879 US 36.

“Come in and visit and see what we have to offer,” Turner said.

He was extremely humbled by the turnout for the grand opening.

“I never thought I would own my own business,” said Turner, a retired Columbus Police officer. “I just thought I would have a life of service and then go fishing.”

He and Ashcraft, however, are using the business to help others. Through their grand opening, the business owners were able to collect money for the Pure Heart Children’s Fund, which helps at risk children in Nicaragua. They also are planning ways to honor the families of fallen first responders.

“Today’s been overwhelming,” Ashcraft said about the open house. “What’s really important though is that we can use events like this to help others.”

For more on Killbuck Creek Distillery, visit or look them up on Facebook.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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