Argenta, Illinois (WAND) – Two best friends with ties to the Decatur area have launched a distillery in Argenta.
Jill Minassian and Annie Kirby have been friends for over 20 years. Last year, Annie approached Jill with the business idea of starting a liquor business. Jill hesitated, but she decided to go ahead with the partnership.
“If you’re going to do that, you’ll be blessed along the way.”
Jill shared that her father passed away in 2012 and was an avid moonshiner. Her memory of her became her driving force, and she opened a distillery in Argenta.
“We are trying to create memories among our friends. Long hours of laughter, tears and just plain joy.”
After filling out applications and paperwork with the Illinois and federal governments, Annie and Jill were able to start distilling vodka.
“I don’t want to do business with anyone else,” said Annie.
Best Friends Distillery is still distilling vodka, but Annie and Jill want to start distilling gin and rum soon. Currently they are a small operation, but the duo hope to expand.
At Bargenta and West End Pub you can ask for Best Friends Distillery Vodka. Bottles are currently available at Firer Tuck in Forsythe and Famous Liquor in Mt. Zion.
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