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Expansion underway at Huber's Starlight Distillery

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STARLIGHT, Ind. (WDRB) -- A popular Southern Indiana attraction will soon be adding to its product line.

Huber's Starlight Distillery will soon be expanding and likely drawing even more visitors.

"The same experience they get in the winery, they are going to be able to get in the distillery experience," said Ted Huber, the co-owner and president of the distillery.

The well known tourist attraction gets more than a half million visitors each year,

"We are just not going to have a still on every hill or just making booze -- this is more about tourism and people coming and seeing and visiting," said Huber.

So it is a time of change at Huber's. Thanks to a new Indiana law approved earlier this year by the Indiana legislature, small craft distilleries throughout the Hoosier state, including Huber's, will soon be selling more than just wine -- like whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and gin.

Visitors will get to see how the entire process works from the farm field all the way to the bottle.

Says Huber, "People want to meet the producers, they want to see where their products are grown and how they are made, aged, and bottled."

The new law allows small operations to offer samples for tasting and to sell spirits by the glass and by the bottle like they can now for wine and beer.

"Our customers will on the weekend go around and meet the distillers, understand how the products are made," added Huber.

The first of the new spirits to be sold will be vodka this summer.

"Vodka, of course, doesn't require any aging, so it will be the distillation, and then some good filtration, and minor resting and then into the bottle," explained Huber.

Some distilling was possible in Indiana, but with the exception of brandy, distillers could not sell directly to consumers.

Now that will be changing in the coming year for the 80 wineries throughout the Hoosier state.

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