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From the Still to the Barrel

Distillery Owners Take us Through the Process of Making a Stiff Pour

a spirit still in copper
Go behind the scenes at Restless Spirits distillery. (Photo: John McGrath | Flatland)
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Go behind the scenes with the Shannon family’s Restless Spirits distillery in North Kansas City. Michael Shannon explains the history, and Benay Shannon, the metro’s only female head distiller, puts on her pink boots to walk us through the how-to. The Shannon’s deep connection to Kansas City — and its sordid political history — can be seen on the labels, and we explored it when the distillery opened its doors.

A graphic representation of the distillation process

(Illustration: Jesse Howe | Flatland)


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