Striped Pig Distillery, as WhereWeStand readers know by now, opened itsdoors Oct 1, 2013 as Charleston first local distillery since prohibition.WhereWeStand Magazine was thrilled to be invited to tour and feature this hiddentreasure. Hidden literally, it is tucked away down Old School Drive which did notshow up on two different GPS models. It was neat to see the building from acrossthe street and feel the desire to get there. We almost took the off roads, but it wasworth the five extra minutes to turn a corner and see a gigantic striped pig logoabove a nifty red door. We helped ourselves in, and were greeted promptly by thefriendly staff as well as the very special Striped member, Jackson.When you ask what sets us apart, several things come to mind.Striped Pig is changing the game because not only are we the first distillery in Charleston since Prohibition, but we make our spirits the classic, old fashioned way as well. All of our ingredients are locally sourced and were hand picked by our distillers. The distillers have a true passion for what they do and are committed to supporting the local economy and providing a premium product at an affordable price. Everyone should have the opportunity to drink good spirits.Charleston is an amazing city because the culinary scene is exquisite but stillaccessible. One is able to get a delicious, top notch, locally sourced meal at decent cost, and the spirits scene should be no different. We are lucky enough to have several great breweries, it is time for our city to have a great distillery, a spirit to call its own. When you’re drinking striped pig you’re tasting the city. From the ingredients, to the tireless hands that make it, to the whole mystique that is our brand, we are Charleston’s distillery. We are the old friends that you have a delicious, classic cocktail with on your porch. Our guysare the good ole boys, committed to doing things the Charleston way!Everything in the building has a story. Historical, or personal. The tour of theDistillery started in a beautifully decorated with deep wooden furniture crafted ofbarn wood from the farm which raises their corn. Recycling in a basic form is usedhere, they refurbished wood and used their own barrels as decoration and have twoshiny large copper center pieces you must see for yourself. Surrounding the piece ofmachinery are the comfiest looking trendy t-shirts, cups, mugs, and hats. They evensell small whiskey barrels, one of which was raffled off at the Bay St. BiergartenTakeover. Around the distillery or at any events that we are at you can also getstickers. Who doesn’t love stickers!? Look for them around town and if you tagStriped Pig on any social networks with a picture of you and the sticker and where itis from, you might get a surpriseEverything about our business is as locally sourced as we can make it, and that is our way of giving back to the local economy and making things come full circle. Even take for instance the left over mash that we don’t use. We donate that to local farms to feed their pigs. One in fact which teaches children with disabilities where food comes from. That’s what striped pig is all about, that’s what makes us different. We are not just making liquor. Many distilleries don’t even make their spirits from scratch, they are only focused on marketing and money. We are more than that. We are proud of what we do, and we want Charleston to be proud to have us!The staff at Striped Pig really know their stuff! The dedicated, knowledgeable,professional staff work together like family. Julie, Director of Marketing says, “This isa collaborative effort! Without every part of our machine, our company would notwork. We are so thankful for the team that we have. Small and powerful!” Theykindly ask that you do not bring pets or children inside the distilleryThe guys hand bottle and hand label their liquors at a swift 4-5 bottles in 25seconds! After an hour or so, approximately 400 unique bottles are signed andready for shipment. If you are the type to collect your empties, a bottle of STRIPEDwould earn a spot on kitchen shelf. Not only will it stand as a relic reminding you ofa great night, but the bottle will serve as decor being one of a kind and not factoryproduced.The guys mentioned often working overtime to get their products perfectand on the shelves, and to you faster. After learning about the making of Rum,Whiskey, Shine, and Vodka from the ground up, and exploring four pieces ofbeautifully crafted heavy yet delicate machinery, we were taken into the bar areanear. It was here we ended our tour. And boy, did they save the best for last! Wewere taught by a pro how to really taste these liquors at our tasting session. I triedCherry Vodka, Silver Rum, Butterscotch Rum, and after that my handwritten noteswere fuzzy.…Do you ever follow your friends choices? You no longer have to agreewith the mainstream favorites. Next time all you have to say is,“I found mySTRIPES.”Ask your local liquor store anywhere in South Carolina for Striped Pig. If they don’t have it,tell them that our distributor is Ben Arnold Beverage Company. Look for new, natural flavors and more exciting, big events to come!On Our WAY To THE TASTING ROOM!
Striped Pig Vodka is a corn vodka, hand-crafted in our distillery. It is smooth and subtle while still carrying the sweet corn flavor from its locally grown raw material.
The corn is grown at Myer’s Farm in Bowman, SC. It is an excellent martini vodka because it carries more flavor than a lot of other plain vodkas.
There is no mixer that does not compliment Striped Pig Vodka’s flavor profile
Made with premium southern molasses from Savannah, Georgia.
Our rum’s rich flavor is distinctive and different from anything else on the shelf.
It can be enjoyed straight, but its flavors are especially highlighted when shaken with a simple mixer and served over ice.
The 120 proof Striped Pig ‘Shine is unlike anything else on the spirits shelf. Our moonshine is unique in the handcrafted way that it’s made as well as being the strongest legal moonshine in South Carolina.
A smooth spirit made from corn grown at Myer’s Farm in Bowman, SC, it is a true moonshine made in the most classic way.
With a sweet, subtle taste of corn in its back-end, you will be surprised at its smoothness while still be such a strong spirit.
This is what happens after you try The 120 proof Striped Pig ‘Shine
As opposed todescribing the entire tour in its detail and the distillingprocess, I’d rather direct you to a neat virtual tour and leave the secrets for thetour itself. There is nothing like hearing the rumbling sound and smelling thesweet yet warm aroma of these beverages being created as you are learningthe precise scientific process! What really puts a twist on this brand is theircreativity, innovation, attitude, and energy. It’s incredible! The staff aloneturned my day around with their humor! You will love their style and products.Go to STRIPED PIG DISTILLERY! Even a non-drinker can have a blast. I adviseanyone who is a social drinker, a couple, a tourist, a worker in the industry, andsupporter of local economy to take this tour!Catch the next takeover and taste for yourself!Striped Pig will be at Cocktail Club onJanuary 30thfrom 6-8 and Total Wine on the 31st from 1-4. Stay tuned for details via Facebook! Take a virtual tour at http://www.stripedpigdistillery.com/WhereWeStand Magazine would like to thank Striped Pig staff for their hard work and wonderful products. Johnny Pieper, Juliana Harless, Jim Craig, Todd Weiss, Casey Lillie and Boris Van Dyck. Thanks Y’all!
THE Striped Pig Tour
“At Striped Pig Distillery we encourage guests to drop by for a tour around our facilities! A tour starts with a history lesson on Prohibition and how we chose the name “Striped Pig”.The tour then progresses through to our processes and then concludes with a tasting and some cool memorabilia. Bring your friends and prepare to not only learn something new, but have a great time while doing it!
*We are open for FREE Tours and Tastings,Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 7 P.M., and Saturday from 12 to 5 P.M.
Tours last about 45 minutes to an hour and begin at the top of every hour, the last tour starting at 6 P.M., and 4 P.M., respectively. If you aren’t on time, no worries, we are very flexible!
Striped Pig is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. and Saturday from 12 to 5 P.M. to purchase merchandise and spirits. We believe in an open door policy, and we want our guests to always feel welcome! We are closed Sunday and Monday.
If you would like to book a tour for a specific time other than during the scheduled tour times, please submit the form at the bottom of this page.
Tours are given by our own distillers and founders who can intensely describe every aspect of the process of making your liquor.
We take great pride in the uniqueness and freshness of our products, and we are excited to share with you how we make the best tasting spirits around!
2225-A Old School Drive
Charleston, SC 29405
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