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Published: 4/30/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago


Ernest Scarano Distillery

Inside a barn near the Sandusky County seat may be the smallest legal whiskey distillery in America. Actually, it's just part of a barn. A small part. The Ernest Scarano Distillery makes just 100 gallons of rye whiskey a year. For owner Ernest Scarano, 60, it is a labor of love, a project to challenge him and hold his interest during his retirement. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Darrin Critchet, left, registered agent and investor, with permit owner Ernest Scarano at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Darrin Critchet, left, registered agent and investor, with permit owner Ernest Scarano at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont....
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Darrin Critchet lowers the top on a 60 gallon Georgia Ridge still as they make unaged rye whiskey at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Darrin Critchet lowers the top on a 60 gallon Georgia Ridge still as they make unaged rye whiskey at Ernest ...
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Casks of 160 proof Old Homicide single distillation cask strength whiskey ages at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Casks of 160 proof Old Homicide single distillation cask strength whiskey ages at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont.
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Whiskey Dick unaged rye whiskey at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Whiskey Dick unaged rye whiskey at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont.
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Leonard Wells of  Helena samples Whiskey Dick before purchasing a bottle from Darrin Critchet at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Leonard Wells of Helena samples Whiskey Dick before purchasing a bottle from Darrin Critchet at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont....
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Ernest Scarano tests the alcohol content in a batch of Whiskey Dick at his Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ernest Scarano tests the alcohol content in a batch of Whiskey Dick at his Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont.
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Rye whiskey is distilled into a large bottle at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rye whiskey is distilled into a large bottle at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont.
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Steam rises from a 10 gallon still as the top is taken off during the making of Whiskey Dick at Ernest Scarano Distillery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Steam rises from a 10 gallon still as the top is taken off during the making of Whiskey Dick at Ernest Scarano Distillery.
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A sign states the tax paid on a cask of Whiskey Dick at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign states the tax paid on a cask of Whiskey Dick at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont.
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Darrin Critchet, right, rings up a sale of Whiskey Dick for a customer at Ernest Scarano Distillery. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Darrin Critchet, right, rings up a sale of Whiskey Dick for a customer at Ernest Scarano Distillery.
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Rye whiskey soaks in sugar maple charcoal chunks at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rye whiskey soaks in sugar maple charcoal chunks at Ernest Scarano Distillery in Fremont.
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