|Just a short drive from Lindsborg, you will find a Smoky Valley Distillery . Although officially a new distillery in 2020, they are not without a history. Co-founders and owners Stan and Michele Von Strohe both enjoyed highly successful professional careers before embarking on their new encore careers as distillers. Stan was part owner of a medical equipment distributorship and Michele retired from teaching in a public school. Both have been distilling aficionados for many years.|
Like a good whiskey, good ideas sometimes require an aging process. After years of research, visiting distilleries and attending national shows, the Von Strohe's decided to make their dream a reality when they moved to Marquette, purchasing an historic old building. Built in 1919 by Tom Collier for the Farmers Union COOP, at 16,000 square ft., this is the largest building in downtown Marquette and has been occupied by many different businesses over the years --a hardware store, a general store, grocery stores, apartments, a furniture showroom, a bar, and an antique/boutique store.
Whenever possible, Smoky Valley Distillery uses local grains to make their products and, all products have the refreshing taste of Longford water from Longford Kansas. Their inaugural product line includes smoked jalapeño vodka, and a wild plum vodka .