I know this doesn’t technically have anything to do 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!
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
All that beautiful vodka being labeled and packaged only means one thing….. more vodka for North Carolina. Look for the guys at Greensboro Distilling Co., Fainting Goat Spirits to be on Sipping NC soon.
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 around; 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
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 dreams 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