That's the Spirit
Posted: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013
Forget your fancy imports. North Carolina is awash in locally craftedand potentvodka, gin, rum, whisky, and even moonshine.Southern Artisan Spirits
This family-owned distillery in Kings Mountain launched with its spearmint-heavy and quickly popular Cardinal Gin and has plans for more spirits soon. www.southernartisanspirits.comBlue Ridge Distilling Co.
Distilled on a family farm in Western North Carolina, this spots Defiant American Single Malt Whisky features sweet hints of vanilla and caramel honey. www.blueridgedistilling.comMuddy River Distillery
Located on the banks of the Catawba River, this Belmont based distillery was the first in North Carolina to turn out batches of craft rum. www.muddyriverdistillery.comTroy & Sons Distillers
This Asheville distillerys small batch moonshine made with locally-sourced corn put them on the mixology map. www.troyandsons.comTop of the Hill Distillery
Dry gin, smooth vodka, and wheat whiskey have made this Chapel Hill distillery a favorite for the spirited set. www.topodistillery.comCovington Spirits
Hows this for vodka with a twist? This rural eastern North Carolina distillery creates its vodka using sweet potatoes. www.covingtonvodka.com
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