Not Just White Lightning

Liquor has been in Jeremy Norris’s life ever since he was born. As a young boy he grew up watching his granddaddy and his dad make illegal liquor. A liquor that had been passed down from generation to generation. Just like many people down in the south, liquor, or moonshine, was just something that was always 14908233_271446063252275_6971184164568984306_naround; something that wasn’t out of the norm. For young Jeremy, moonshining was just something that you did.

As Jeremy grew older, a passion for shine began to develop and after much thought and a lot of test runs, Jeremy opened Broadslab Distillery in Benson North Carolina. Now, I know that moonshine is popular here in the Carolinas and everyone has their favorite, but Broadslab is much more than just white lightning. As a fifth generation distiller, Jeremy has honed his craft to making one of the best spiced rum in the country. With cinnamon and vanilla notes that explode on your palate and brighten your day, Jeremy’s Carolina Coast spiced rum is one that I drink often and one that surly gives captain Morgan a run for his money.

While ‘shine’ is what Broadslab’s legacy is built on, one of the stars of the show is his Appleshine. A brilliant play on the apple pie moonshine found in unlabeled mason jars across the south, the Appleshine is magical. Incredibly smooth with sweet notes of apple and cinnamon, it is simply amazing. Broadslab has certainly grown since I first met Jeremy at his old distillery location several years ago. He and his family has payed tribute to Jeremy’s late grandfather and built their shop and distillery on his former property, a beautiful tribute to a man that helped make Broadslab what it is today.

If you haven’t had the chance to try Broadslab Distillery’s products make sure you check them out at your local ABC store. As always make sure you #drinklocalNC and listen to Sipping NC for everything North Carolina. Distillers Association of North Carolina Our State Magazine Visit North Carolina

Cheers
Jordan

Brothers Vilgalys Spirits presents Krupnikas

Rim Vilgalys grew up as a young boy intensely watching his father make a old Lithuanian honey spiced Liqueur called Krupnikas. As Rim got older and went off to college, he continued his family’s history of Krupnikas by perfecting the family recipe. As popularity of this newly found Liqueur grew, so did Rim’s hopes and 14650088_268420713554810_3333295019709109384_ndreams to create a distillery.

Once graduated, Rim set his determination to create a distillery, one that would honor his family’s tradition. Brothers Vilgalys Spirits was born shortly after in Durham North Carolina. Focusing on the spirit that brought his family so much joy, Rim creates a beautiful and rich honey spiced Liqueur with notes of star anise and clove. The warmth of his Krupnikas is one to enjoy on a cold winters night. A velvety creaminess adds to the warming Spiced notes.

If you’d like to purchase some of the Krup, then stop on by your local NC ABC store and pick up a bottle today. Tim and I will also be reviewing Brothers Vilgalys at a later date, so stay tuned. As always, #DrinkLocalNC , support your local distilleries, wineries and breweries and listen to Sipping NC: The Art of the Drink for all of your up-to-date info on what’s going on around North Carolina. Distillers Association of North Carolina, NC Winegrower’s Association
-Cheers
Jordan