New Distillery Begins Operations In Spencer

Thu 5-2-2019

(Spencer)-- A new distillery is now up and running in the area. Century Farms, or CF Distillery in Spencer, recently started production out of their facility on Highway 71 on the north edge of Spencer. It's owned by Ryan Bare and his wife, Amanda. He tells KUOO news what it was that led to their interest in opening a distillery...Ryan Bare01 

"Well we moved back to Iowa in 2011 and I worked a couple of years in corn ethanol and that's where I learned this valuable life skill, how to turn corn into alcohol. From there we practiced a little bit and came up with a good recipe and that drove us to build this distillery."

Bare says their first product is now available on the market...Ryan Bare02 

"We just released our first product. It's been available to liquor stores now for about a week. The vodka, Open Gate Vodka, retail price around 15, 16 bucks a bottle. Available now in liquor stores."

Bare says they will also be producing whiskey...Ryan Bare03 

"You know our primary product is going to be whiskey and we hope to have our first whiskey available by the time of the Clay County Fair. Right now with vodka we're dipping our toe into the market but yeah, whiskey is going to be our forte."

Bare says they're located in the former Alibi Lounge building and that they eventually plan to hold special events there...Ryan Bare04 

"We do have an option to open this place as a bar, but that's not what we're going to do our first year, our first two years. It's going to be just primarily tours, come visit the facility kind of thing. But yeah, we do look forward to having this available as a venue for potentially wedding receptions, class reunions, things like that."

Bare says they also plan to be open this summer for tours and samples.

You can find more information on their website,, and their facebook page.