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There seems to be a growing taste for homegrown spirits in the DeKalb area. Now a family-run distillery is looking to expand.

Cass Herrington / Illinois Public Radio

The East Peoria-based spirits-maker J.K. Williams Distilling is rolling out barrels of new whiskey varieties this month. One of those new releases has a historic flavor.

Owner and distiller Jesse Williams has an eye for history and reusing things of the past. Williams builds furniture out of scrap wood -- like bar stools out of used barrel staves:

“Taking old and making new or refurbishing has always been something I’ve learned to do," Williams said. "I’ve never been taught that everything is disposable. You don’t throw it away unless it’s been spent.”