Four Western North Carolina Distilleries You Need To Taste

Fall is for traveling the foothills and exploring the leaves. While enjoying the colors this Autumn check out North Carolina’s distillery movement and visit these four western North Carolina distilleries.

Southern Artisan Spirits
Located in Kings Mountain amongst the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Southern Artisan Spirits was the first legal gin distillery in the state of North Carolina since Prohibition. The distillery boasts a silver medal win at the New York International Spirits Convention (NYISC) for their Cardinal Gin. Their Western-style spirit Cardinal American Dry Gin also won the 2011 gold medal in the International Review of Spirits. Local tastings are available. Call 704-297-0191 for info.

Carolina Distillery, LLC
Lenoir, North Carolina is home to Carolina Distillery, LLC.  Chris Hollifield and Keith Nordman put brandy on the map with their signature Carriage House Authentic Apple Brandy. Distilled in a 110 square foot building, formerly a carriage house, the brandy is made from local North Carolina (usually) Pink Lady apples supplied by Lowe Orchards in Wilkesboro. Tastings and tours offered by reservation. Call 828-499-3095.

Troy And Sons
Made from Crooked Creek Corn, an 1840’s North Carolina heirloom corn, Troy & Sons Distillers has created the perfect white whiskey, smooth as silk with vanilla oak undertones. Each batch has its own distinctive flavor. Troy and Sons Distillers is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway Asheville, NC 28813. Tours and tastings are available. Call 828-337-2364 for more information and visit their website to find a bottle near you.

Piedmont Distillers
Piedmont Distillers is a craft distillery in Madison, NC.  Its spirits are inspired by legendary moonshine recipes, handcrafted in small batches and triple distilled.  Midnight Moon is Junior Johnson’s family recipe and is as smooth as the world’s best vodkas. Spirits such as the Midnight Moon Apple Pie, Strawberry, Cherry, Cranberry and Blueberry are authentically infused with all-natural flavors. Visit for more information and drink recipes.

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