Shady Distillery opens at Sistrunk Marketplace

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery’s phase II has recently opened their new full production craft distillery, Shady Distillery in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk.  Shady Distillery is part of the Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery (a hip food hall) that opened in September. 

Using a blend of old world and new world technique along with the best ingredients, the distillery prides itself on not cutting corners or mass producing its products while making every drop count. Its namesake and interior theme are inspired by Florida’s long history of controversy, and suspect events. The Distillery reflects on all those considered shady and will be creating craft spirits inspired by these shady moments in time.

Head Distiller Jonny VerPlanck has been creating and collaborating on many different variations of vodka, rum, and bourbons in small batches to release. The first batch is “Shady” Vodka and next week Shady’s limited-edition “‘RECOUNT 2020” Vodka, just in time for the November 3 election.  Production and distribution of the Distillery’s 12 Mile Rum and Bourbon are soon to follow. 

Shady Distillery’s American craft made Shady Vodka is a small batch handcrafted vodka that is 7 times distilled from corn and is gluten free and carb free with no sweeteners or additives. The proprietary finishing filtration process has created an 80-proof smooth vodka that is best served “Straight Up Shady”.

The limited-edition Shady RECOUNT 2020 vodka (81 proof) reminds its drinkers to embrace the uncertainties that surround the upcoming election, and 2020, which will forever be cast as the “Shady Year”. In years past, Florida has played a critical role in the outcomes of our national elections so it’s only fitting that the local distillery throws its hat in the ring and casts its uncertain shade of doubt on an outcome that could possibly be controversial. No matter which way you vote, or how Shady you think the other guy is, make sure to watch the fiasco unfold with a bottle of RECOUNT 2020 Vodka.

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Shady Distillery is located at 616 NW 2nd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, is housed in a 20,000-square foot area adjacent to Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery. Learn more at

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