Category: Distilleries – North Carolina

Blue Ridge Distilling Releases Defiant Rye Whisky

Some news from Blue Ridge Distilling – they are releasing a new rye whisky – Defiant Rye! The full press release is here – look for it in NC ABC stores soon. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/2b484b12f9c27c07106244865/files/891d611b-b713-4c0f-bcd8-316e4c2074e1/Introducing_Defiant_Rye_Whisky_.01.pdf


Distillery Tour – Mystic Farm and Distillery

This week I wrote up a tour of Mystic Farm and Distillery – a true grain to glass distillery. Jonathan Blitz and Michael Sinclair are planning to grow all of their ingredients on a 22 acre farm in Durham, North Carolina to make their bourbon and whiskey. They even are going to build their own…



Distillery Tour – Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

If you ever feel the need to cool off in the summertime – the mountains of North Carolina is the place to go. And if you are going to the mountains – Maggie Valley is a great place to take a look at the scenery. A new distillery is now located on the main strip…



Lassiter Distilling Bottling Party

I got to go to a bottling party last week for Lassiter Distilling’s Amber Rum – it was a great event and if a craft distiller has a bottling event and you have an opportunity to go – go to it! It’s an opportunity to see “how the sausage is made” and you can see…



Distillery Tour – Pinetop Distillery

Happy tax day! Fresh off an interview with the founders of Pinetop Distillery I hit the road and visited them in Raleigh, North Carolina. This little distillery has big things going for it with a tasty moonshine and the expansion into gin by the summer. Can’t wait to get some bourbon from right down the road in…



Interview – Gabe Guillois, Jonathan Keener, and Grady Knight – Partners at Pinetop Distillery

It’s a Tuesday, but I have an interview with the partners at Pinetop Distillery – Gabe Guillois, Jonathan Keener and Grady Knight. They have a distillery in Raleigh and were determined to make some moonshine – and in 2016 they opened their doors and put their first product on the shelf. Gin and bourbon are next…



Doc Porter’s Distillery Spirit Reviews

Doc Porter’s Distillery has three spirits available at the current time and I have a excerpt on each of them. They have a vodka that is made from North Carolina red winter wheat, a gin made with chamomile and citrus and a young bourbon that has been aged for approximately eight months. Also there is a…



Spirit Review – Lassiter’s N. Carolina Rum

In January I got to be a distiller for a day at Lassiter Distilling Company, so it’s only fitting I review their first product which is white rum. For a first product it’s quite remarkable and you can also check out my visit to their distillery. And, if you are interested in the man behind the…



Interview – Lee Katrincic, Distiller and Co-Founder at the Durham Distillery

For the gin lovers in the audience we have an interview with Lee Katrincic from The Durham Distillery. This distillery burst onto the gin scene in 2013 and never looked back. Luckily this award winning distillery is in the great state of North Carolina and is open for tours like the one I took when they…



Distillery Tour – TOPO Organic Spirits

It’s the holiday season and I bet you are looking for some gifts – how about some from a local distiller that makes gin, vodka, moonshine and whiskey? Then look for spirits from TOPO Organic Spirits in Chapel Hill – I had the pleasure to visit them this weekend and write up my findings from…