Moonshine and its ‘Kin’ Now Part of South Carolina Tourism Scene

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:2/10/2016

The distilleries of the South Carolina Satisfy Your Thirst Tour
South Carolina moonshine is a treasured tradition from the mountains to the sea.

Moonshine has always been made in South Carolina, but it wasn't until 2009 that stills could come out of the backwoods and into the forefront of a new and long-awaited industry and tourist attraction. That's when South Carolina lawmakers unanimously passed the state's microdistillery law, heralding a new age of distillers who combine family recipes, traditional ingredients and local flavors to create a new generation of South Carolina spirits.

By 2011, the New York Times reported on Greenville’s Dark Corner Distillery, whose operation was “according to Reuters … the first time moonshine will be legally produced in the state.”

Since the law went into effect, nearly two dozen small distilling operations across the state have come into being, producing spirits that trace their roots to backwoods men who drove fast cars filled with illegal, locally produced alcohol along back roads, all to quench customers’ thirsts.

Today, these distilleries produce an array of products from bourbon, vodka, gin, rum and other traditional spirits to a modern version of “white lightning”—corn-based moonshine. Much like its cousin, craft brewing, South Carolina’s distillery industry is growing as locals and visitors discover new ways to enjoy an evening cocktail.

Here’s a look at South Carolina’s microdistilleries and the spirits they offer.

DISTILLERIES

Carolina Moon Distillery, Edgefield

Products: Moonshine (80 proof corn whiskey), Rabbit Spit Moonshine Whiskey (115 proof), Ole Tom Whiskey, Black Betty Whiskey, Tally Ho Bourbon, Single Barrel Ten Goal Whiskey, Blockade Runner Rum, Ten G’s Vodka. Also: cherry, peach, blueberry, blackberry, Scuppernong grape and strawberry Fruit Shines.

Charleston Distilling Co., Charleston

Products: Carolina Reaper Pepper Flavored Vodka, King Charles Vodka, Tolerance whiskey liqueur, Jasper’s Bourbon Barrel Gin, Jasper’s American Style Gin.

Chattooga Belle Farm Distillery/Moonrise Distillery, Long Creek

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (distillery in Clayton, Ga.)

Products: Block & Tackle Corn-Based Whiskey, Bourbon, Fruit Brandies

Copper Horse Distilling, Columbia

Hours: Monday-Saturday 4-7 p.m.

Products: Old Mill Vodka, Copper Cream liqueur, Copper Horse Rum, Bulle Rock Gin

Copperhead Mountain Distillery, Travelers Rest

Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday noon-6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, Spiced Rum and 11 flavored Moonshines, including peach, apple, blueberry, watermelon, butterscotch, maple, pineapple, banana, chocolate, cinnamon, peppermint.

Crouch Distilling, Columbia

Hours: Thursday-Friday 4:30-7 p.m., Saturday 1-7 p.m.

Products: Carolina White Whiskey, Carolina Raw Rye, Young Carolina Bourbon, Carolina Rye Single Malt Whiskey, Carolina Sour Mash Whiskey

Dark Corner Distillery, Greenville

Hours: Monday-Thursday noon-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: The World’s Best Moonshine, Lewis Redmond Hand Mash Whiskey, Stumphouse Red Winter Wheat Whiskey, Whiskey Girl Apple & Maple, Whiskey Girl Butterscotch, Whiskey Girl Peach

Daufuskie Island Rum Co., Daufuskie Island

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Products: Silver Edition, Spiced Edition and Gold Edition (available June 2016) rums

Firefly Distillery, Wadmalaw Island

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Products: Sweet Tea Vodka (also flavored varieties), Moonshine, Sweet Tea Whiskey

Gorget Distilling Co., Lugoff

Hours yet to be established

Products: Stump Hole Corn Whiskey

High Wire Distilling Co., Charleston

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Products: Hat Trick Extraordinarily Fine Botanical Gin, Hat Trick Barrel Rested Gin, New Southern Revival Brand Sorghum Whiskey, New Southern Revival Brand Bourbon Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey (Madeira Finish), Hometown Vodka

Hollow Creek Distillery, Leesville

Hours: Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: Hollow Creek Shine 90 Proof, Apple Pie Moonshine 70 Proof, Cinnamon Moonshine 70 Proof, Honey Shine 70 Proof, Simply Strawberry 70 Proof

Jakal Distillery, Lexington

Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: Jakal Corn Whiskey, Jakal Rum, Jakal Original Moonshine

Lucky Duck Distillery, Yemassee

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Products: Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Clear, Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine Grape, Sugarlands Shine Appalachian Apple Pie, Roberson’s Tennessee Mellomoon 150 Proof, Sugarlands Shine Butterscotch, Sugarlands Shine Jim Tom Unaged Rye, Good Old Moonshine Apple Pie, Popcorn Sutton, others

Motte & Sons Bootlegging Company, Spartanburg

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: America Light Whiskey, Brandy, Palmetto Rum, Aged Rum, Vodka

Palmetto Distillery, Anderson

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: Palmetto Moonshine (flavors peach, apple pie, blueberry, strawberry), White Lightning, Palmetto Whiskey original, rye, wheat

Red Bordner Distillery, Boiling Springs

Hours: Opening TBA

Products: Dukes of Plum Hollow Moonshine, Three Borders Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Blue Agave, Kick Back Cove Moonshine

Rock Bottom Distillers, Gaffney

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: Heirloom Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine, Fruited Moonshines (strawberry, peach, muscadine, pineapple, blueberry)

Six & Twenty Distillery, Piedmont

Hours: Monday-Saturday noon-6:20 p.m.

Products: Six and Twenty Old Money whiskey, Six and Twenty Virgin Wheat, Six and Twenty Five Grain Bourbon

Straw Hat Distillery, Florence

Hours: Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Products: Straw Hat Moonshine Corn Whiskey, Lemon Drop Moonshine

Striped Pig Distillery, North Charleston

Hours: Thursday-Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m.

Products: Striped Spiced Rum, Striped Whiskey, Striped Gin, Striped Shine, Striped Rum, Striped Vodka

Sugar Tit Distillery, Reidville

Hours: Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Products: Simply Naked 100 Proof Clear Corn Whiskey, 80 Proof Apple Pie Moonshine, Pineapple Moonshine

Terressentia Corporation, North Charleston

Hours: No on-site store; available at ABC stores

Product: Hayes Parker Bourbon Whiskey (original and flavored), Winchester Bourbon Whiskey, Southshot Bourbon Whiskey, Winchester Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Darby’s Reserve Rye Whiskey, Copper Pony Rye Whiskey, Winchester Rye Whiskey, Tapping House Dark Rum, Tucker’s Gin, Regent Gin, Hadley & Sons Gin, Southern Shine Moonshine (original and flavored)

Yesternight Distillery, Lexington

Products: Apple Pie Moonshine, Fuzzy Peach Moonshine, Blackberry Poison Moonshine, Twisted Cinnamon Moonshine, Clear Moonshine

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