Poettker Construction Brakes Ground on Stumpy’s Venue & Tasting Room


Stumpy’s Spirits Co. is expanding its family grown and distilled business with the addition of a distillery inspired luxury wedding and event venue. This new build will be a multi-faceted experience center located in rural Columbia, Ill. near their distillery and 8th generation family farm.

Providing an exclusive and remote experience for its visitors, the venue consists of a large ceremony hall, full-service bar and tasting room, indoor/outdoor lounge, lower-level event space, prep kitchens, offices, a bridal suite, a groom’s suite, multiple restrooms, outdoor spaces, and storage. The site will include new streets, three man-made lakes, a parking lot, and walking paths.

“Stumpy’s is thrilled to embark on this remarkable expansion in our hometown of Columbia,” said Adam Stumpf, Co-Owner of Stumpy’s Spirits. “This project symbolizes our deep-rooted family values and our dedication to fostering local growth and creating exceptional experiences for our residents and visitors.”

This project is made possible by the support of local financial institutions and a $500,000 tourism grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This grant was funded from a $22.5 million initiative that was distributed across the state, funding 89 projects that will ultimately increase tourism.

“We are honored to be a part of this expansion supporting a local business in the state of Illinois, where our family-owned business is headquartered,” Stated Ryan Poettker, President of Poettker Construction. “As a company built on family values, we take great pride in fostering strong relationships with other local businesses like Stumpy’s and look forward to bringing this exciting project to life.”

Brucon is serving as the Owner’s Representative and Poettker Construction is the General Contractor providing preconstruction services. DC Structures will be acting as the architect on the project with Heneghan and Associates, P.C., 303rd Engineering Group, LLC, and Interior Designer Samantha Lee as their engineering design partners.

The groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for June 26th, 2023 at 10 a.m. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.                                          

Stumpy’s Spirits Co. is a craft distillery located on an 8th generation family farm in Monroe County, Illinois. The distillery specializes in the production of high-quality distilled spirits ranging from bourbon and rye whiskey to vodka and gin for its own brands and clients across the country. Stumpy’s production methods are rooted in historical techniques, including the utilization of a 100-year-old copper still and pre-prohibition recipes. For more information on the distillery, its brands, and services, visit www.stumpysspirits.com.

Established in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second-generation, family-owned business specializing in construction management, design/build, general contracting, and self-perform services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. Poettker Construction is dedicated to providing safe, quality, sustainable, and technology solutions to clients in the Education, Distribution, Federal Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Multi-Family, Municipal, Recreation, Retail, and Utility industries. The company prides itself on building long-lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.poettkerconstruction.com.

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