PEORIA, Ill.– Construction is currently underway for the Black Band Distillery which will be located at 1000 SW Adams Street in Peoria.
Chris Ober is a central Illinois native who wanted to build a distillery in Peoria for 10 years.
“I’ve wanted to open a distillery for about 10 years. It really was a tragedy to me that the “Whiskey City” lacked a whiskey distillery,” Ober said.
Once open The Black Band Distillery will brew its own whiskey, vodka, and gin. It will feature a bar, tastings, tours, and a full menu will be offered. Ober said he plans to provide an experience, unlike any other distillery.
“The main thing I’m wanting to achieve, where I find many other distilleries fail, is having a layered experience that will draw people to return. We want to have various experiences available and to always be evolving,” Ober said.
P.J. Hoerr Company is doing construction on the 120-year-old building. They are renovating the building with new windows, a new entryway, masonry repairs, and an ADA ramp.
The Black Band Distillery plans to open in March. Information about job openings can be found on their Facebook page.