Booze

Leopold Bros. reveals plans for expansion, a tasting room and a new spirit

Early last week, when I met with Todd Leopold at Steuben's, he was wearing oatmeal-colored overalls that sniffed of absinthe, which may or may not have been the reason why customers coming in and out of Steuben's stopped to introduce themselves and shake his hand. But Todd, who, in 1999, along with his brother Scott and brother-in-law Jeremy, founded Leopold Bros., one of the world's top craft distilleries, is the kind of guy who shies away from the limelight. "I'm not comfortable with the attention," he admits, as two people in the parking lot recognize him and heap praise on his products.

But he's about to become even more recognizable -- or, at least, his highly sought-after spirits are.