HOME GROWN CORN WHISKEY
Local Kirkwood businessman and farmer,
Dave Endres, has a passion for vintage
tools and machinery, and is now ready
to make his own home grown corn whiskey.
Of course that starts with his own crop
of #2 yellow corn in Kirkwood, Missouri
(not grown here in the past 70+ years)
which he has harvested on his restored
1936 McCormick-Deering 1-row corn picker.
A joy to behold, its gears and belts comb
each row, plucking ears and spitting
them into the wagon behind . . .
then on to the corn sheller, cleaning
the dried kernels into bushel bags.
1,500 pounds of dried corn then go to
a local Missouri still (Wood Hat Spirits)
to make 360 bottles of 63122 Corn Whiskey.
("63122" is the zip code for Kirkwood, MO)
Soon, a future blog post will show how
corn is transformed into this inaugural local spirit.
(Distillation equipment shown in final photo.)