Always the entrepreneur, Elias Staley first settled on the Mad River near Dayton, Ohio, where he constructed both a mill and a distillery. That venture was short lived and he sold the property to move to a farm in the northwestern part of Bethel Township, Miami County along Indian Creek. After construction of the grist mill with his two brothers and the purchase of the 160 acre farm, he built a brick distillery and handmade double copper distilled rye whiskey was produced - one of two such distilleries in Ohio at the time. Thirty to thirty-five gallons a day were distilled and at times 100 barrels were aging in the bondhouse. Staley Rye Whiskey became famous for quality and Indians and local folk came from miles around to get their grain ground into flour and to have their jugs filled with the bold frontier rye whiskey. Our family has letters from Civil War soldiers requesting that Staley Rye be shipped to them during the war. After Elias' death in 1866, son Andrew continued the distilling operation and in the 1880's increased the size of the mash tub and "bond" houses. Our whiskey was always sold in barrels, or jugs were filled for customers. We have many notes from doctors requesting "whiskey for his patient" in the late 1880's and early 1900's and we "presume" a full bottle was sent home for "medicinal" purposes only...
Today, a new distillery has been built and once again STALEY RYE WHISKEY is flowing from the
stillhouse. Distilled, using the exact same copper pot stills that my great-great-great grandfather
Elias used almost 200 years ago; the same limestone water and the same mash bill (or recipe). Our
whiskey is distinct in that we are truly the only historic family owned artisan distillery
in the United States using the old fashioned double copper distilling method that Elias
would have used.