Wheat State Distilling is Wichita’s 1st legal distillery!
It’s been a long, laborious process, but Wamego residents David and Kim Bahre on Wednesday received final approval to open Wheat State Distilling in Wichita this summer.
“The city of Wichita did not know what to do with us,” David Bahre says of licensing. “It’s not that they didn’t want us.”
Wheat State will open in 3,200 square feet at the southwest corner of 37th and Hydraulic.
“I am the first ever licensed distiller in Wichita,” Bahre says. “I am proud of that.”
He says Kansas has some of the most stringent alcohol regulations nationwide.
“It’s been an uphill battle so far,” Bahre says. He says he also had a gas line issue that he worried would force him to abandon the site he chose and possibly the city as well, but he says it’s been resolved.
The Bahres, who are natives of Wichita, plan to produce vodka, flavor-infused vodka, gin, wheat whiskey, bourbon and two kinds of rum. The rum products, which will be made from a mixture of molasses from Florida and evaporated sugar cane juice from Maui, won’t be under the Wheat State name since they won’t be made from wheat.
Bahre says he’s been a business owner since he was 19. He has bought and sold a number of restaurants and has other business interests as well.
“Our real passion is what we’re doing right now in Wichita,” he says.
We have gotten to know David very well and all we can say is WOW! This man and his bride are real go getters 🙂 They have put their heart and soul into this adventure! Great people that are eager to please and really excited to see all their hard work on the shelves in every liquor store, bar and restaurant in Kansas!
You know how Jt’s feels about supporting local business, shopping local, and keeping Kansas businesses in business BUT…. this is truly a must try! Jt’s will have a tasting on this (of course) so keep posted and text “jt’s” to the number 411247 for updates on future tastings and sales!
Wheat State Distilling
1635 E 37th Street North, Suite 6
Wichita, KS 67219