Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 10: Broadslab Distillery

In the News: Boxcar Bar and Arcade, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Outer Banks Distilling, Providence Restaurant, Raffaldini Vineyards

Meet the Maker: Jeremy Norris, the owner and distiller of Broadslab Distillery is in the studio to talk about his distillery, its history, his grandfather, where the name of the distillery came from and yes, we tasted a right many of his fantastic spirits.

Also, Brent Lain of Old Southern Moonshine Revival (OSMR) is in the studio to talk about their new album that is coming out soon and we debuted a song from that album. A world-exclusive! And, we must say he has one of the most righteous beards ever seen.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Black Magic Woman
Muddle 5 blackberries in the mixing glass
1½ oz Broadslab Legacy Shine
¾ oz Broadslab Carolina Coast Spiced Rum
1½ oz Pomegranate Juice
Juice of ½ lemon.
1½ of honey saffron syrup (recipe below)
Shake and strain

1 part honey
1 part warm water
3 saffron threads
Mix and let set overnight.


Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 3: Broad Branch Distillery

In the News: Unknown Brewery, Duck Rabbit Brewery, Grassy Creek Vineyards, West Bend Winery & Brewery, Southern Grace Distilleries, Oskar Blues

Meet the Maker: Joe Tappe and John Fragakis of Broad Branch Distillery are in the Test Pattern Studios to talk about the distillery’s history, it’s future and why they got into distilling. We taste several of Broad Branch’s yummy spirits and experiment with dilution. Lots of fun to be had and great libations.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Smashing Sour
1.5 oz Broad Branch Distillery’s Smashing Violet
1.25 oz homemade sour mix (simple syrup & lemon)Top with Winston-Salem made Legendary Sunshine.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 1: Old Nick Spirits

Welcome to our inaugural podcast!
You can listen by clicking the embedded link at the bottom of the post.

Tim and Jordan introduce themselves, what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and what to expect from our podcasts.

In the News: Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, Fortnight Brewing, Bombshell Brewing, Shelton Vineyards, Greensboro Distilling/Fainting Goat Spirits.

Meet the Maker: Matt and Zeb Williams of Old Nick Spirits of Lewisville, talk about their family’s whiskey history, their Presidential liquor and why their distillery is “America’s most famous forgotten distillery.”

Shake It Up (the art of the drink): Tim’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1 1/2 oz Old Nick’s Carolina Whiskey
2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Dark Agave Nectar
1/2 oz Cream of Coconut
1/2 oz Vanilla Extract
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Splash of Pomegranate Juice
3 Dashes of Crude™ Vanilla Roasted Pineapple Bitters

Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass.


Sipping NC: The Art of the Drink Podcast is proudly recorded at Test Pattern Studios.

Great Wagon Road Distillery Takes Home the Gold and Silver and Bronze

Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, located in Charlotte, NC, has been the darlings of the award circuit this month. GWR was given a bronze medal for 15134794_609312822610322_6623230081988304308_ntheir Rua Single Malt Whisky at The New York International Spirits Competition and they were also named the the North Carolina Single Malt Distillery of the Year. That’s impressive. And, they won silver at the Seattle International Spirits Awards.

Also, Garden & Gun Magazine awarded them 1st place for their “Made in the South Awards.” These are big-time accolades for this small distillery.

Rua is a single malt American whiskey that, according to their website, is warmly mellowed by charred white oak and finishes with a soft chocolate tone. I know that we can’t wait to have Great Wagon Road Distilling on SippingNC: The Art of the Drink in the very near future. I really want to taste this award-winning whiskey. My mouth is already watering.

15095575_609315272610077_4251493968112816014_nYou can find more about GWR by visiting their website. Right now and until the end of the year, as a thank you to all of their supporters, GWR will be giving $5 tours and tastings. They have also extended tour times for their Holiday Open House.

Grab some at your local NC ABC store and let us know what you think. Go take a tour, too!

Slàinte mhath! – Tim

The First SippingNC Blog Post

SippingNC: The Art of the Drink is a podcast (coming soon) and blog that focuses exclusively on libations (beer, wine, spirits) that are made in North Carolina and is written and maintained by Tim Beeman and Jordan Keiper. The podcast will be part of The Less Desirables Network, joining other podcasts like The Less Desirables, Fan Interference, The Beer Dads and The Man Who Ate the Town.

There will info, tidbits and educational pieces on NC brewers, vintners and distillers coming often and we’ve already recorded two episodes of the podcast and those should come out in the next few weeks. We’re proud of the content and look forward to sharing it with you.2016-11-10-15-58-44

So, this is our first “official” blog post. Sure, we’ve gone back and backlogged our Facebook posts to keep them blog style, but this is the first blog post specifically for the blog. We appreciate the loyalty you’ve shown us so far; the response and support has been incredible. Keep watching here and on the Facebook and Twitter feeds for news on the podcast.

Cheers & Slàinte Mhath!

Old Nick Spirits to Appear on SippingNC Podcast


Sipping NC will be sitting down with “America’s most famous forgotten distillery.” Learn about the history surrounding Old Nick Williams Company, Inc distillery and how one family is fighting to keep this Presidential liquor alive. Keep an eye out for the podcast, coming soon!

Happy Birthday Bourbon!

I know this doesn’t technically have anything to 14993455_274711616259053_7549446739990785307_ndo with NC spirits, but it’s election day and we need all the good stuff we can get, right? I also think it’s an important day in history, especially for us that either love to imbibe or are in the business of spirits.

227 years ago, on November 8, 1789, Elijah Craig distilled the FIRST bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Have a couple of fingers and a cube and enjoy!

Slàinte mhath!

Durham Distillery: Young but Mighty

Durham Distillery opened just over a year ago in Durham, North Carolina with a vision of creating the best gin in the country. Melissa Katrincic and her family had a passion for gin and wanted to expand the horizon for gin drinks in North Carolina.


Combining science and Distilling, the Kaptrincics created one of the best gins in the world; most recently winning an award for one of the best distilleries in the country. Conniption American dry combines the flavors of cucumber and citrus while their highest award winning gin, Conniption Navy Strength, has amazing flavor – notes of fig throughout and is simply breath taking.

I, myself, have enjoyed the Navy Strength a number of times and think the awards it’s won are well-deserved. If you’re a gin drinker and have not experienced Durham distillery, yet, then head on down to your local NC ABC store and pick up a bottle, soon.

Tim and I both look foreword to having Durham Distillery on our show and talking with them about their passion and, of course, reviewing their gin. As always #DrinklocalNC and listen to Sipping NC:The Art Of The Drink for all your North Carolina alcohol needs.

Cheers – Jordan

Great Wagon Road Distilling Company: an Introduction

Great Wagon Road Distilling Company is an awesome distillery located in Charlotte North Carolina. GRW is killing it with their RUA whiskey but we hope, with the help from Great Wagon Road, we will be reviewing all their products and have them on the podcast.

In the meantime go out to Charlotte and explore their distillery on your own.

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