Whiskey has long roots in European culture, of course. It’s been a favorite of the Scots since the 15th century. But you would be hard pressed to find an institution more American than whiskey distillation. In 1797, the largest distillery in the country was run by none other than George Washington himself.
But let’s focus on bourbon. The most American of liquors. It elicits images of everything from Bourbon Street in New Orleans to mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby. By law, bourbon has to be distilled in the United States, aged in new, charred oak barrels, contain at least 51% corn, and be bottled at 80 proof or more. And we had the pleasure of discovering the fantastic bourbon at Crouch Distilling.
This local distillery can be found off of South Stadium Road near Williams-Brice. They specialize in five different varieties of whiskeys [see below for color variation]: 1) Carolina Raw Rye, 2) Carolina Rye Single Malt Whiskey, 3) Carolina White Whiskey, 4) Carolina Sour Mash Whiskey, and 5) Young Carolina Bourbon
Our favorite was the Young Carolina Bourbon and we had to buy a bottle! One of our favorite parts of the experience was the tour and getting to know Phil and Jessica during our tasting. After the milled grains are used for their whiskey, they have started using their spent mash to feed their heritage hogs on Whiskey Fed Farm. The hoglets are adorable and the logo is absolutely fantastic!
If you’re ever out for a taste of our local craft distilling scene, make sure to add Crouch Distilling to your list. We cannot wait to try out the bourbon we purchased tonight! Keep an eye on our Instagram @DokoMorning for a look at our boozy dessert confections. Also, you should also be sure to follow @CrouchDistilling for some great behind the scenes photos of their process as well as adorable pictures of their hogs and hoglets!