Quietly hiding in plain sight, Gem City Spirits is housed in a 1912 building at 359 N. Main St. in Frankfort that once was a depot for the interurban electric railway. Even though the original name and products have changed, the local distillery’s mission to produce high quality, affordable products remains the same.

Gem City Spirits started about four years ago as T&T Distillery, a partnership between Todd Lane and Texas Boles who were from the area. Richard Bucheri and Don Poynter were the backers. The first product that was developed and bottled was T&T Moonshine, Nitro and Apple Pie Moonshine. Soon after the moonshine, Big Gun Vodka – a six-times distilled, affordably priced vodka was launched.