Tell Julian: A Visit to Edwin Coe Spirits

Published: Feb. 28, 2023 at 9:44 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Edwin Coe Spirits is an artisan distillery in Churubusco.

The owners pride themselves on being a true grain to bottle operation, where everything from start to finish is done in house.

“Our flagship is my great-grandfather’s prohibition whiskey, we call it Old Coe,” said owner Joe Collins.

Collins is the owner and head distiller at Edwin Coe Spirits. His great-grandfather was Joseph Edwin Dupuis. Dupuis was a bootlegger in Louisiana during the Prohibition Era and he is the inspiration for this business.

“I made beer a couple times and I was very mediocre at it. And then my wife for a wedding present got me some of my great grandpa’s original stuff and both of his apprentice’s stuff and on the honeymoon, I thought I shouldn’t let the recipe die,” said Collins.

It didn’t take long for Collins to realize this was more than a hobby.

The distillery is open on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to the drinks, the Fork and Fiddle Food Truck is set up indoors all winter long, serving up mouth-watering country cuisine.

“It’s a really, fun inviting atmosphere and it’s just easy to be here,” said Collins.

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