WOODSTOCK – Wondertucky Distillery & Bottling Co. soon could add an outdoor tasting component to its Woodstock operation.
Woodstock City Council members approved a modification to Wondertucky’s liquor license Tuesday to allow for consumption on the premises along with outdoor service at the distillery.
Owner David Cunningham said the change will allow for the distillery to expand its business profile in the Illinois and Midwest tourism industry.
One example is the Northern Illinois Bourbon Trail, a tour designed for whiskey and bourbon aficionados in Northern Illinois. Wondertucky isn’t a stop on the tour because on-site consumption is not allowed, Cunningham said.
Not all City Council members were in favor of the idea. Council member Jim Prindiville voted against the change, citing concern about the future of the intersection – slated to become a roundabout by 2019 – and its proximity to residential neighborhoods.
“I think its a bad location in the city of Woodstock for this type of venue,” he said. “The proposal includes consumption of alcohol in front of garage doors, which is virtually on the street.”
The amended rules allow for tours scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays, noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Patrons are limited to two 12-ounce mixed drinks during a tour.
The outdoor service area will be fenced off.
Council member Mike Turner said he would support the proposal, but he wanted the city to keep a “laser eye” on the facility moving forward to spot potential problems.
“The thing about Wondertucky is that this is something that is homegrown,” Turner said. “I like the fact that a local businessman makes good. I like the unusual quirkiness. … I am supportive in concept, but on this one, I am really close to the edge if something doesn’t go right.”