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SBC to launch distillery after owners buy Missouri Spirits

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Last edited 1 p.m., Aug. 12, 2020

A longtime Springfield brewery is expanding operations after its owners purchased Missouri Spirits House LLC.

Springfield Brewing Co. plans to open a distillery and event venue in the 507 W. Walnut St. building next door, which formerly housed Missouri Spirits. The 9-year-old spirit production and distribution company shuttered in February, said Todd Schade, SBC director of operations. Neil and Christina Chanter own both the brewery and Missouri Spirits, he said. He declined to confirm if Ashton Lewis, and Donald and Carrie Babb retain ownership in the brewery.

Former Missouri Spirits co-owner Shotts sold his interest in the business earlier this year to the Chanters, said Schade, declining to disclose financial terms.

Messages left for Shotts were not returned by deadline. After working briefly as SBC’s director of business development and marketing, Shotts is slated to begin work Aug. 17 at Classy Llama Studios LLC as marketing director, an employee at the Springfield digital commerce firm confirmed this morning to Springfield Business Journal. Schade said Shotts left SBC in March, declining to comment further.

Schade said SBC is combining both businesses and their spaces, and a corridor is slated to be built for employees to use. The corridor work should be complete within a week, he said. No date was given for the event venue and distillery’s debut.

“The entire property will become one address very soon,” he said, referring to 305 S. Market Ave., where the brewery has operated since opening in 1997.

The distillery, dubbed Ty Iechyd Da, will occupy the back portion of the former Missouri Spirits building, while the event space, The Cellar, will fill the front, Schade said. Ty Iechyd Da, a Welsh phrase that translates to “good health house,” will distill, bottle and distribute brandy, gin, bourbon and whiskey in the building. He said SBC has obtained a federal distilling license. The name also is a nod to co-owner Neil Chanter, a native of England who attended University of Wales, Cardiff, Schade said.

The rentable event space will be marketed for weddings, receptions and private dinners.

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