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News Release – Edwin Coe Spirits in Churubusco Invites Public to Grand Opening on February 1

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (January 26, 2019) – Local distillery Edwin Coe Spirits in Churubusco is inviting the public to a grand opening event, and will introduce its new cocktail lounge next Friday, February 1.

The distillery is located off 6675 US Hwy 33 just north of Churubusco in the former Collins Industrial building.  Handcrafted cocktails will be served from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Bravas food truck will serve up dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t worry–guests won’t need to brave the cold waiting on their dinner, Bravas is pulling the food truck right inside the building.

Edwin Coe Spirits is one of only two distilleries in Northeast Indiana. Owner and head distiller Joe Collins said, “We’re excited to provide a cool place for locals to just hang out with their friends and family.”

Collins is a local guy himself. He grew up in Churubusco and currently resides in neighboring Green Center with his wife, Kristin (Dreibelbis) Collins, and daughters.

Collins is hopeful that Edwin Coe will also become a tourism destination in the area. With Blue Lake just up the road in Churubusco, and with Chain O’ Lakes and Tri Lakes just a short drive away, it’s a perfect location, and will make a great gathering spot for visitors.

For Collins, distilling is in his blood. He has a rich family heritage, and distilling Louisiana Sour Mash dates back 90 years in his family. It all started with his great-grandfather, and inspiration Joseph Edwin DuPuis also known as “Coe.” Coe was a Prohibition-era moonshiner from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and he created the original Louisiana Sour Mash family recipe. For 70 years Coe perfected his recipe and process.

Edwin Coe’s “Old Coe” whiskey distilled from local grain and cane, is a tribute to Collins’ great-grandfather. They also offer Soft Gin, Vodka, Barrel Aged Rum, and white Rum.

It’s important to Collins to support local business here in the region. “Our spirits at Edwin Coe are what we call ‘Cork to Countertop,’” Collins said.

Edwin Coe uses local grain from Ag Plus, their aging barrels are made by Anne-Grey a local cooper, their cane is from a local distributor, and even the labels on the front of the bottles are made in Fort Wayne by Accu-Label.

Collins shared his gratitude for the support he’s received from family, friends and other locals in the community. Some of that support inspired the eclectic-chic décor and atmosphere of the cocktail lounge. From the swanky bar at the front, which came from a family friend; to the nifty countertops behind it that came from a science classroom at Churubusco Schools; to the weathered cedar he and Kristin reclaimed from a local friend’s home to create the trendy ceiling and wood-framed windows.

The mismatched upholstered chairs and solid wood tables, Kristin found from a variety of local folks, have a cool mid-century vibe that creates a warm and relaxed feel to the lounge. “We wanted the lounge feel like a place where my great-grandpa would have relaxed and enjoyed a good cocktail,” Collins said.

At the grand opening, guests can expect a menu of classic drinks such as: gimlets, Moscow Mules, and the Old Coe Old-Fashioned. They will also be serving up specialty, savory and seasonal drinks.

“In Northeast Indiana we are working hard to encourage businesses that can take our strength in agriculture and turn our commodities into high value products, thereby retaining that added value in the local economy.  We are so lucky to have Joe sharing his family’s rich heritage and recipes will all of us in Northeast Indiana,” said Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County EDC.

To learn more about Edwin Coe Spirits check out their website at www.edwincoespirits.com. You can also connect with Edwin Coe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


A peek of the Edwin Coe Cocktail Lounge.

The Edwin Coe Spirits lineup. 

Collins explaining the distilling process during a tour. 



About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.


Media Contacts:

Katie Dewitt (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506 kdewitt@whitleyedc.com

J. Edwin Collins (Edwin Coe Spirits) – 260.438.7678 edwin@edwincoespirits.com