Alchohol in WNC

Original Article: Alcohol In WNC 2017
Written By: Capital at Play

 

As we have done in the previous two years, we are publishing a map of the 18 counties of Western North Carolina, with Jennifer’s listing of all breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries dotting this corner of the state. Among the relevant data points: (A) does the company have a retail taproom or tasting room rather than just being strictly a manufacturer; (B) how many barrels or bottles does it produce, on average, per year, as a measure of size and productivity; and (C) what is the number of full-time and part-time employees. (The latter, in the aggregate, serves as a general indicator of how the alcohol industry directly impacts the regional employment outlook.)

We intend to keep the online version of this information updated on a regular basis, so please let us know of any updates, corrections, or additions we need to be aware of. It’s located at the Resources section of CapitalatPlay.com. We’ve tried to be as complete as possible, but as the accompanying report on the previous page outlines, the regional alcohol industry continues to be in flux. And yes, as before, we accumulated our information the old-fashioned way: traditional journalistic inquiry—calling and emailing the principals, and consulting publically-available online resources—and not by utilizing algorithms, as many other such surveys do. [Below: click on each link to bring up the corresponding list of businesses.)

 

Master List: Distilleries & Cideries

1. Black Mountain Ciderworks & Meadery

Black Mountain

Barrels Made Per Year: 1,000

Employees FT: 2 PT: 1

blackmountainciderworks.com


2. Urban Orchard Cider Company

Asheville

Barrels Made Per Year: 968

Employees FT: 10 PT: 6

urbanorchardcider.com

3. Noble Cider

Asheville

Barrels Made Per Year: 2,500 – 3,000

Employees FT: 6 PT: 3

noblecider.com

4. Bold Rock Hard Cider

Mills River

Barrels Per Year (at full capacity):

600,000 case equivalents

boldrock.com

5. Flat Rock Ciderworks

Hendersonville

Employees FT: 1 PT: 2

flatrockciderworks.com

6. Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider

Hendersonville

Opens September 2017

Distilling Companies

1. Blue Ridge Distilling Co. Inc.

Bottles Made Per Year: 102,000

Whiskey (Defiant Whisky)

Employees FT: 5 PT: 1

defiantwhisky.com

2. Oak & Grist Distilling Co. Black Mountain

Local Gin & Whisky

oakandgrist.com

3. Asheville Distilling Co.

Asheville

Bottles Made Per Year:

300,000 capacity

Whiskey (Troy & Sons)

Employees FT: 5 PT: 2

ashevilledistilling.com


4. Howling Moon Distillery

Asheville

Bottles Made Per Year: 20,000

Moonshine

Employees FT: 3

howlingmoonshine.com


5. Apothecary Beverage Company

Asheville

151 Coxe Ave

Gin under The Chemist label.


6. Dalton Distillery

Asheville

Bottles Made Per Year: 3,000+ Rum

Employees FT: 3 PT: 2

addistillery.com


7. Eda Rhyne Distillery

Asheville

Appalachian Fernet, Pinnix Gin, Forrest Floor Amaro

edarhyne.com/

8. H&H Distillery

Asheville

Bottles Made Per Year: 4,000

Rum (see p. 18)

Employees FT: 2 PT: 3

hhdistillery.com

9. Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

Maggie Valley

Bottles Made Per Year: 36,000+ (projected; started sales late May 2017)

Corn Whiskey, Flavored Moonshines (Root Beer and Peach Pie), Vodka

Employees FT: 2 PT: 7

elevatedmountain.com