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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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


New Kid on the Vine

Vino!! That’s right we’re talking wine! It’s that time of year where the leaves start to fall, the sky begins to be painted with deep oranges and bright auburn colors and the temperature starts to cool down from a hot Carolina summer. That time 14910494_270885033308378_2063944550785263654_nof year when a glass of wine just seems like a perfect pairing to an array of fine cheeses as you sit around a fire and enjoy the new crisp, cool nights. A few years ago, most people would have never thought to sip a North Carolina wine while enjoying a starry night but instead a California, Washington or even French. But, that’s all changing with a new North Carolina vineyard.

The ‘new kid on the vine” is Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery. A vineyard that was started out of a love and passion for the highest quality of wine. The vision and goal for JVD has been, from the start, to not cut corners and create the best glass of wine possible and with the help of well known and extremely respected winemaker, Dan Tallman, Jones Von Drehle has achieved that.

Nestled among mountain plains of the blue ridge JVD created breathe-taking views that complement their breath taking wines. Dan joined Jones Von Drehle just over 4 years ago after falling in love with the idea the Jones and Von Drehle families had for their future vineyard. With the help of his expertise, JVD has created a buzz in the wine industry here in the Old North State and a positive one at that. While winning countless awards nationwide and becoming one of the power house vineyards for wine in the south, JVD has stayed true to their original vision and one that I have extreme respect for.

Yes, I might be a little in love with this winery, but when you’ve got quality like they do, well, I’d be crazy not to fall in love with them. So, instead of sitting at home this weekend, why don’t you travel on over to Thurmond, North Carolina and enjoy the calm gentle breeze of the blue ridge, relax with the rustling of grape leaves behind you and sip on one of North Carolina’s finest wines.

Now, if your wondering just how elegant and down right gorgeous Jones Von Drehle wines are, look for Tim and I to review JVD in our podcast along with many other wineries across our great state. Remember to #DrinklocalNC and support local business. #sippingNC . NC Winegrower’s Association Wine Enthusiast Visit North Carolina Our State Magazine


Hoots Roller Bar and Beer Company, an Introduction

Let’s talk for a minute about one of my favorite breweries that most people outside the city of Winston-Salem don’t know about. I’m talking about Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co., located just outside of downtown Winston-Salem.While a 14731319_269159180147630_4289201455930030960_nfew short years ago, the only brewery people knew about being in Winston was Foothills Brewing. While Foothills creates some great and well known brews, the city was calling for another great brewery.

Two friends, Eric Weyer and Eric Swaim, felt that need and want for a brewery. One that focuses on high quality beer, with a passion for producing a core lineup of brews that don’t just have funky names and taste “okay,” but, rather just dang good beer’s that keep people coming back for more. Hoot’s was opened by the dynamic duo and they have been killing it.

Hoots is located in the Old Roller Mill, just across from RJ Reynolds High School and next to one of our great distilleries: Sutler’s Spirit Co. If you haven’t had a chance to try one of Hoots Brew’s, make sure you check them out and have a pint at their in house bar or look for them at any fine establishment in Winston-Salem. As always, friends, #DrinkLocalNC and make sure you listen to Sipping NC.

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