Shumrock & Leys needle in a haystack

_DSC0088Have you ever heard of this place? Chances are you haven’t. It’s a needle in a haystack stashed away in an industrial park. So, why should you know about it? Because it’s one of the city’s gems.

Shumrock & Leys Distillery 
2810 Highland Ave.
Norwood, OH 45212


This local distillery is tucked behind some warehouses and is a bit tricky to find. Even when you do find it, it kind of leaves you feeling like your not in the right place. But, don’t worry, you have found it. TIP: Just look for the white signs at both parking areas.

Once there, the first thing that strikes your senses is the delicious smelling BBQ, from the house food truck stationed in the parking lot just outside the entrance door. It’s alway a good thing to eat something while drinking, and Nardo’s Food Truck is just the food to hit the spot. Once inside, the place opens up to a sitting bar area and the distillery in the back with the bottle system area in the middle.

Nardo’s Food Truck 


Nardo’s has some of the best BBQ in the area. It’s smoked on site to deliver a product that will keep customers coming over and over. Even if you aren’t a big drinker, like myself, I would come time and time again just for the food.

Distillery and bottling system 

Shumrock & Leys started off in a family member’s barn along the river- basically making moonshine. As time when on, they decided it was time to move on and expand into other forms of drinks. They now distill and pour small batch spirits of rum, vodka, bourbon and unique blends and infusions. They encourage sampling and invite customers to purchase their favorites.

TIP: My favorite was the blackberry vodka. 

Great for large groups/parties and gatherings 

The facility can be rented out for large groups/parties or work gatherings. It could even be a great place for a first date, second date or a place to hang out with the one you’ve loved for years. A great place for sports fans who love a low key environment or meeting a friend.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

TIP: Extended hours coming soon – just in time for summer. So, check the website for the times before making the trip.

Find them on Facebook too.