Category: Industry News

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


Event – Grand Opening of Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, North Carolina on May 15, 2016

I had the opportunity to check out Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, North Carolina. With the brewing and distillery industry going full bore in NC they have an opportunity to become the largest malter in the state. Congrats to them on their grand opening!


Southeastern Distilling Expo and ELIXIR cocktail competition

Whew – what a busy weekend! On Friday, May 6 I went to Asheville, North Carolina for the Southeastern Distilling Expo and ELIXIR cocktail competition. Some cool spirits are on the way from these craft distillers – so check out my event write up and see if some of your favorite distillers will have something…



American Distilling Institute’s 10th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits Awards List

American Distilling Institute’s 10th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits Awards List       Best of Class – Certified Craft Distilled Spirits Brandy: Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery Jepson Old Stock Brandy Gin: Heritage Distilling Company Elk Rider Gin International Brandy: Chateau de Laubade Extra Single Estate Bas Armagnac International Vodka:  Rodionov and Sons Polugar Caraway Vodka International…



Asheville Fest in North Carolina, Cocktail week and Southeastern Distilling Expo

This just in – Now in its 8th year, the Asheville Fest in North Carolina features ASHEVILLE COCKTAIL WEEK and ELIXIR on May 1- May 8th! Asheville Cocktail Week brings a dozen events over an expanded week, including Cocktail Theater, Spirit Dinners, Cinco de Mayo Afterparty, Guided Cocktail Tours, a “Derby Party”, and a Best Bloody Mary Contest…



Pinestraw Magazine Features Local Distillers

Pinestraw Magazine ran an article that features several local distillers they urge people to drink small and local. The article has been contributed by Tony Cross who runs the cocktail catering company Reverie Cocktails. It features TOPO Organic Spirits, Durham Distillery and Fair Game Beverage Company.


SPEAKeasy Spirits interviewed by The Tennessean for the holidays

SPEAKeasy Spirits got a write up in The Tennessean for some gift ideas this holiday. Stop by and pick up some of their fine products for holiday parties!


Recipes for Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur From Swig

Looking for a couple unique recipes to server your guests at a holiday party? Look no farther than Swig for some tasty suggestions for using Durham Distillery’s Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur. 


The Tasting Table Features High Wire Distilling

The Tasting Table has a wonderful article on Charleston distiller High Wire Distilling. They mention a new spirit they are working on – a four grain whiskey featuring Carolina Gold grain.


TOPO Organic Spirits Featured on Mashable

Mashable has posted 68 local gifts you can give for that special person in your life. The article mentions that you should consider giving a distillery tour to TOPO Organic Spirits – always a great gift! I’ll have a write-up on this distillery tour in early 2016.