Still & Barrel

Still & Barrel

by John Francis Trump


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Although legal spirits in the Tar Heel state only go back about ten years, making liquor in North Carolina is not new. Wilkes County, which was once dubbed the “Moonshine Capital of the World,” was the leading producer of illegal liquor for decades. In 1965, Tom Wolfe’s article in Esquire—“The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes!”—made the area nationally famous.

Today descendants of famous moonshiners are now respectable craft distillers carrying on the family tradition—people like Brian Call, the master distiller at Call Family Distillers, who is descended from Reverend Daniel Call, who sold his still seven generations ago to burgeoning entrepreneur Jack Daniels. Brian is the son of the legendary Willie Clay “The Uncatchable” Call, who hung around with Junior Johnson and whose favorite car—a 1961 Chrysler New Yorker fitted with toggle switches that kill the brake lights, is on display at the distillery today. Today, the Calls make a 101-proof sour mash moonshine as well as strawberry, cherry, and apple pie varieties.

In Still & Barrel, Trump traces the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum in the state all the way to today’s boom from the artisan movement. The book also serves as a guide so you can visit the almost 50 distilleries that are now in business. The state’s distillers are not just making moonshine. Their wares include rum—from sorghum and molasses—aged red-wheat organic whiskey and vodka infused with the mysterious Tobago pepper. The information about the distillers and their products is surrounded by history and compelling stories about people and their passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895876836
Publisher: Blair
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,189,439
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

A lifelong newspaper reporter & editor in NC, Trump received an MFA in narrative nonfiction from Goucher College. His thesis, which told the stories and profiles of North Carolina’s craft distilleries, evolved into a regular Huffington Post blog focused on the subject. That blog was the impetus for Still & Barrel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

A Distilling Primer 15

Asheville Distilling Co.-Asheville 23

Crooked Creek 29

Howling Moon-Asheville 34

H & H Distillery-Asheville 38

Blue Ridge Distilling Co.-Bostic 42

Southern Artisan Spirits-Kings Mountain 49

Carolina Distillery-Lenoir 51

Perry Lowe Orchards 54

Laws Distillery-Lenoir 57

Foothills Distillery-Conover 59

Muddy River Distillery-Belmont 63

Tine "One-Bottle Law" 67

Doc Porter's Craft Spirits-Charlotte 70

Great Wagon Road. Distilling Company-Charlotte 75

Seven jars Distillery-Charlotte 80

Dragon Moonshine Company-Charlotte 83

Southern Grace Distilleries-Mount Pleasant 86

Optimism Reigns in Statesville and Elsewhere 91

Call Family Distillers-Wilkesboro 94

Copper Barrel Distillery-North Wilkesboro 99

Mayberry Spirits Distillery-Mount Airy 103

Broad Branch Distillery-Winston-Salem 109

Sutler's Spirit Co.-Winston-Salem 114

Piedmont Distillers, Inc.-Madison 118

Greensboro Distilling-Greensboro 122

Brothers Vilgalys Spirits-Durham 126

More on Distillers Association 131

Durham Distillery-Durham 134

Top of the Hill Distillery-Chapel Hill 139

Fair Game Beverage Co.-Pittsboro 143

Raleigh Rum Company-Raleigh 149

Pinetop Distillery-Raleigh 153

Seventy Eight C Spirits-Raleigh 156

The Farmer-Distiller Relationship 159

Lassiter Distilling Company- Knightdale 162

Broadslab Distillery-Benson 166

Covington Spirits-Snow Hill 173

Mother Earth Spirits-Kinston 177

Walton's Distillery-Jacksonville 181

Diablo Distilleries-Jacksonville 185

Scotts Point Distillery-Bath 189

A Think Tank Report on Alcohol Freedom 191

Outer Banks Distilling-Manteo 193

Index 198

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