Whiskey Acres in DeKalb County gets $250,000 government grant

November 2, 2016

DeKALB – Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. will receive $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s

Value Added Producer Grants program to help with working capital expenses.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grant for Whiskey Acres, 11504 Keslinger Road, and three other businesses in Bond, Boone and Stephenson counties. In total, $789,299 in federal funding was given to the

businesses to assist agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the process

or marketing of bio-based, value-added products, according to a news


Whiskey Acres, which officially bottled its first batch of whiskey in February 2015, is the only distillery in DeKalb County, and Illinois’ first estate distillery, meaning they produce the whiskey “from seed to spirit,” according to the company.

The business is operated by father-and-son duo Jim and Jamie Walter, president and CEO, plus Nick Nagele, vice president and COO. All three are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates.