Spirit of Avery

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jul. 16 | Modified: Jul. 16
Spirit of Avery


Distilled spirits in the mountains of North Carolina typically means only one thing to those entrenched in Appalachian culture: moonshine.

Avery County, however, has caught the attention of beverage connoisseurs across the state, and it’s not the bootleg liquor raising eyebrows of the high brow.

More than a dozen recognized — and legal — distilleries will converge on Banner Elk Aug. 7 for the Spirit of Avery County Distillery Tasting event.

Old-time favorites, like rum, brandy, gin, bourbon and perhaps even a few new tastes, will be prominently featured as a way to honor each distillery’s heritage and unique tastes.

The responsible sipping begins at 5:30 p.m. at Camp Yonohnoka at Eseeola Lodge. The Avery County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the tasting event.

Tickets are $25 and include tasting, appetizers from Eseeola and local eateries and live music from The Johnson Brothers.

For tickets, call the chamber at (828) 898-5605.

“There are so many local distilleries in North Carolina, and this is an opportunity for them to come up here and showcase, as well as let people sample, all these wonderful spirits,” said Annie Rutenberg, membership director for the chamber. “The wineries and breweries here are also participating.”
The tasting and sampling event is now in its second year.

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