Clear, ship shaped bottle of Shiphouse Vodka (photo by Wendy Pramik)
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Spirit Spotlight: Shiphouse Vodka

Bryan Kasper's investment in Noble Cut Distillery led to the creation of Shiphouse Vodka, inspired by the century-old Benson Ford Shiphouse.

Visitors who board the Jet Express for the Ohio islands must pass the Benson Ford Shiphouse before hitting dry land in Put-in-Bay.

Bryan Kasper, who recently became an investor in Gahanna-based Noble Cut Distillery, now owns the century-old vessel built for the Ford Motor Co. One of his dreams was to have a liquor bottle in the image of the ship, says Noble Cut founder Tony Guilfoy.

So in 2021, they began working with a glassmaker in Poland to create the bottle, and it’s turned out to be a favorite memento of Put-in-Bay. Shiphouse Vodka hit the shelves in 2022, winning a double gold at the San Francisco Spirits competition. Noble Cut and Shiphouse Vodka opened a second distillery in Put-in-Bay in 2023.

“Once we had the resin sample, I said to Bryan that if the bottle comes out anything close to this, this is going to be the greatest bottle ever,” Guilfoy says.

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