Henebery brings production home

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Legacy whiskey brand opens tasting room and distillery in Vista
By Ian Anderson, May 27, 2017

Producing whiskey requires fermented grain, a still, a barrel, and patience. Henebery Spirits has shown plenty of the latter.

Jesse Fanning launched Henebery in 2013 with his wife Natalie and her family, including parents Annette and Art Johnson. The Johnsons wanted to revive an inherited whiskey brand founded by great-great-grandfather Matthew Henebery in Peoria, Illinois in 1851. Fanning, who says whiskey has been his “drink of choice” since dipping into his father’s stash at age 15, dove headfirst into learning how to make it, including visiting Washington to shadow the well-established craft distillers thriving in the Pacific Northwest.

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