Georgia microdistilleries growing in number

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Winter drink recipes made with Georgia craft spirits

13th Colony Rye Hot Cider

by Casey Teague, Mac McGee’s

2 ounces 13th Colony Rye

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Hot apple cider

1 dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters

1 cinnamon stick

1 lemon slice spiked with whole cloves

In an Irish coffee glass add the rye and brown sugar. Top with hot cider. Add the bitters, stir and garnish with the cinnamon stick and lemon slice spiked

with whole cloves.

Gingerbread cocktail

by Marc Caballero, Sprig Restaurant

1 1/2 ounces Richland Rum

1/2 ounce Art in the Age Snap

2 bar spoons brown sugar

2 dashes homemade pecan bitters (you may substitute Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters)

Ginger beer

Put Richland Rum, Snap, brown sugar and bitters into a mixing glass and shake very well with ice. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over ice and top with

ginger beer.

Happy’s Holidaze

by Dawsonville Moonshine

5 ounces Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash

A few twists of lime

1 ounce of Dawsonville Moonshine Georgia Corn Whiskey

Combine all ingredients and garnish with lime. Serve cold.

Georgia Mountain Berry Spritz

by Georgia Distilling Co.

1 1/4 ounces Grandaddy Mimm’s Apple Brandy

3 ounces apple juice

1/2 ounces pear juice or syrup

1/2 ounces berry juice

2 ounces lemon-lime soda


Combine brandy and juices. Top with soda and serve with a blackberry garnish.

Georgia microdistilleries

13th Colony Distillery

When 13th Colony started in 2009, it was the only “legal” craft distiller in the state. It now produces two varieties of vodka, Southern gin and Southern corn whiskey made in a custom-made 300-gallon still. No tours are currently offered.

305 N. Dudley St., Americus.

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery

Operating in the “moonshine capital of the world,” Dawsonville Moonshine makes what it calls true unaged Georgia corn whiskey. This company, which launched in late November, uses a custom-made 250-gallon copper pot still for production. Tours and tastings are offered noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 415 Ga. 53 E., Dawsonville.

Georgia Distilling Co.

This company, started by Bill Mauldin and Shawn Hall, who refer to themselves as “two wandering moonshiners,” produces moonshine, vodka, sour mash, rye whiskey, corn whiskey, and apple and peach brandies. It uses Georgia-made stills ranging in size from 50 to 1,100 gallons. Look for tours of their facility to be offered early in 2013.

121 Blandy Way, Milledgeville.

Ivy Mountain Distillery

Opening Ivy Mountain allowed master distiller Carlos Lovell the opportunity to return to his family tradition of distilling legally. The company, which launched in June, produces sour mash spirits, aged sour mash whiskey, apple brandy and peach brandy. The distillery plans to offer tours beginning in the spring. 1896 Dick’s Hill Parkway, Mount Airy.

Richland Distilling Co.

Richland Distilling Co. produces a single product: rum. The all-natural rum is produced daily in small batches using a copper pot still and a recipe that has been in development for more than 15 years. The company offers tours five days a week and will accommodate groups or offer a rum-making workshop upon request. 333 Broad St., Richland.

Note: Products by all of these producers are available at Mac McGee’s Irish Pub in Decatur.

Coming soon

Independent Distilling Co.

This craft distillery company run by Michael Anderson and Thomas Williams has signed a lease on a property in Decatur, where it plans to open next fall. The company will produce very small batches of whiskey, seasonal brandies and grappa using a 60-gallon still.

Moonrise Distillery

This new distillery, opening in January, will produce barrel-aged all-grain whiskey, moonshine and a selection of brandies, including apple, peach and blackberry. The distillery will use what it calls “old-fashioned Appalachian-style stills.” Moonrise plans to begin offering tours soon after opening. 31 Webb Road, Clayton.

Old 4th Distillery

This intown distillery expects to be up and running within three to five months and hopes to have product on the shelves by September. It will focus on vodka and gin. 487 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta.

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