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Conviction Small Batch Bourbon released from Whiskey Prison after 3.5-year term

 

Southern Grace Distilleries, the first distillery in the United States to be located in a former prison, has released its first bourbon after opening its doors three and a half years ago: Conviction SSouthern Grace Distilleries Bourbonmall Batch Bourbon.

“The hard time aging in oak barrels behind bars here at Whiskey Prison has created a cask strength bourbon that’s subtly sweet and smooth,” says Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon enters the world bourbon market having already received high praise for its taste. Earlier this week the spirit won a Gold Medal at the MicroLiquor Spirit Awards.

Southern Grace Distilleries makes a charitable contribution for every bottle it sells, and the charitable partner for Conviction is the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. “Without corn you can’t have bourbon,” says Powell. “When you enjoy bourbon, thank a farmer. I’m so glad we can help support the efforts of the Carolina Farm Stewardship and their project at the Lomax Incubator Farm which is right down the road from our distillery.”

Southern Grace Distilleries, known as Whiskey Prison, was founded in 2014 and is located in a former North Carolina state prison in Cabarrus County, NC, located about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte. Conviction is now available in North CarolinaSouth CarolinaWashington, DC, and available online via cellar.com.

 

The Drinkable Week: Pikesville rye whiskey, New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Denver project & Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest in July

On the latest edition of the Drinkable Week: The rye-naissance continues, New Belgium looks to create a Denver destination and Sierra Nevada goes Bavarian.

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Drinkable Image: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River, N.C.

Last year Chico, California craft beer pioneer Sierra Nevada Brewing Company opened the doors to its brand-spanking new East Coast facility in Mills River, North Carolina. Now I get how Charlie Bucket felt in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The brewhouse is just one small piece of this sprawling beer paradise in the greater Asheville, N.C. area.

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