Local distillery to make ‘pure’ vodka

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The Valley is home to several wineries and breweries, but a Canfield man is on the verge of opening the first local micro-distillery. He’s already started distilling his own vodka, and soon will also be doing bourbon and brandy.

From the outside, the building off of McClurg Road in Boardman looks like nothing special. But just step inside, take a whiff, and you’ll soon know that you’re in the area’s first micro-distillery.

“We started last September. It’s a long, drawn out process and it takes a lot of cash,” said Master Distiller Bill Candella. “There’s probably six of us in the state right now that are doing this. I’m only number two that’s actually doing the vodka.”

Candella recently retired, then decided he wanted to do something unique that he’d enjoy. After a lot of time and research, he’s on the verge of selling his product “Y-Town Vodka.”

Candella hasn’t priced the spirit, but said it will probably be around $35. The micro-distillery will open on Saturdays to start.

“Give a little tour and teach people how to infuse, rather than myself making all the different flavored vodkas,” said Candella. “There’s too many out there right now, so we’re going to specialize in just a pure vodka, a good vodka, a high quality vodka.”

The plan is to branch out to whiskey and bourbon, letting it age for a while before selling it. Make no mistake though, Candella wants to keep the operation small.

“I have just enough to make my little niche here, and that’s why I want to do the best I can at it and stay with that,” said Candella.

The distillery should be open by September.

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