Appalachia’s infamous bootleggers and moonshine makers provided much fodder for country music artists, including Sevierville, Tennessee’s hometown star Dolly Parton. In “Daddy’s Moonshine Still” Parton tells a tragic tale of shame and strife based on the region’s favorite distilled spirit. But these days, well past prohibition and backyard distilling, several moonshine makers find inspiration in handed-down family recipes to create artisan moonshine and other spirits in Sevierville. These local producers offer a taste of local beverages in a safe—and legal—manner, minus the sad songs:
J. Rieger & Co. Destination Distillery in Kansas City, Missouri. Story by Lisa Waterman Gray When was the last time you rocketed down a 40-foot indoor slide? Or enjoyed brunch in the heart of a massive new distillery and historic local building? How about checking out a personalized whiskey bottling
Proper Saké Co. Nashville’s sake makers Story by Lisa Waterman Gray Photos by Alex Crawford Photography and Hannah Deits Byron Stithem’s love of all things fermented inspired him to open Proper Saké Co. brewery and tasting room in Nashville’s thriving Pie Town neighborhood in 2016. Today, the company that Stithem
Spirits Coast to Coast Distilleries from New York to Montana help each other's businesses thrive. By Katie DeTar Lalley Butte, Montana may seem a world apart from Rochester, New York. But when it comes to unique craft beverages, these cities—and others like them—collaborate with creativity. Out west the city of
Taste Roanoke, Virginia From biscuits to baklava, craft beer to cabernet, Roanoke’s culinary scene is diverse. Story by Ginger Warder Poised between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, Roanoke, Virginia mixes urban flavor with a small-town personality. Here you can find sophisticated cultural attractions like the world-class Taubman
Discover North Texas Bourbon Distilleries Bourbon Lovers: Don’t sidestep Texas. Story by Ana Astri-O’Reilly Bourbon is America’s official spirit, as recognized by Congress in 1964. To be considered bourbon, a distillate must be made on American soil with a minimum of 51 percent corn and aged in charred new white
Come Find Bourbon Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown, Kentucky Launch New Tourism Collaboration There’s a fresh, new answer to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country, thanks to the tourism commissions of Northern Kentucky, Frankfort, and Bardstown. Under the banner Come Find Bourbon and the new
Good tastes continue to expand in Tennessee. Here are just a few of the newest (and soon to open) places to eat and drink across the state.Sounds like an invitation to us!
The most-awarded craft whiskey distillery in the U.S. is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Surprised?Pittsburgh’s booze boom—specifically, its whiskey scene—is legit. In late February, Meredith Meyer Grelli of Wigle Whiskey, the nation’s most awarded craft distillery, received her second-consecutive James Beard nomination for “Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer." As Grelli says with a grin, “This year Wigle was one of five distilleries in the U.S.to receive the semi-finalist award. We are completely honored and delighted! And now we get back to work!!”
The spirits industry is booming and the number of distilleries across the U.S. is growing. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reported record spirits sales in 2017, with a four percent increase for a total of $26.2 billion. While the majority of American distilleries are male-owned, the number of women helming the stills is on the rise. Since March is National Women’s Month, we’re featuring seven women who are shaking up the status quo. Here, they share some of the highs and lows of their work.