White Lightning: Celebrating Distilleries
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Choose your poison carefully. Rum, whisky, tequila, bourbon, gin or even moonshine. These small batch and full scale operating distilleries offer travelers and imbibers a chance to see the process up close from the grain to your glass.
703 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060, USA
When you're ready to call it a day on the slopes, take Park City Mountain Resort’s Quittin’ Time run down to High West, the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. Tour the space, then try the 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan, made...
2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
The city that helped launch the craft beer revolution has turned its attention to liquor. Here are three distilleries worth a visit. 1. STRANAHAN’S The whiskey is made from barley grown in the Rockies. Factory tours end with a tasting in the...
Pearls Main Rd, Moya, Grenada
The lovely spice island of Grenada is a tropical island retreat. The natural beauty of Grenada is displayed in its lush vegetation. The beaches are long gorgeous strands of sand ringed by translucent azure waters. The local people are friendly,...
Saliña Ariba, Willemstad Elias R. A. Moreno Boulevard, Willemstad, Curaçao
The nation’s signature blue curaçao liqueur is made on this former plantation house (landhuis) turned distillery. The fragrant oils in the peels of the island's oranges—originally brought here by the Spaniards, and then...
2815 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
133 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352, USA
Registered in the National Register of Historic Places, The Jack Daniel's Distillery is where the famous Tennessee fine whiskey comes from. Located in the boonies of Lynchburg, TN, which interestingly enough is a dry town, they offer free daily...
616 W Virginia St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA
Touring the Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee is a fun and worthwhile experience. The distillery specializes in small-batch premium spirits, often incorporating local ingredients. You can tour the distillery, enjoy a structured sampling in the...
Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI
One of our stops while roaming around St. Croix was the Cruzan Rum Distillery. We got a private tour (because there wasn't anyone else there), sampled and purchased some unique flavors to bring back with us. In the photo you see one of the workers...
2601 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
At St. George Spirits, a liquor distiller located inside a huge hangar on the decommissioned Alameda Naval Base, you can learn all about alcohol production—and you can taste all-natural vodkas, gins, Eau de Vie, whiskeys, and more. The tour lasts...
113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601, USA
Buffalo Trace offers a distillery tour that winds through various old buildings, including one stacked high with aging bourbon barrels and another (shown) filled with bottling equipment. The grounds are scenic and good for a walk or a seat on the...
415 Hwy 53, Dawsonville, GA 30534, USA
Georgians have been making moonshine (illegally distilled alcohol) and selling it as long as the state has been in existence. So when the small-batch distilled spirits trend took off, Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, located one hour from Atlanta...
401 Cross St, Lexington, KY 40508, USA
Sometimes you don't have a four-hour window to drive across the Bluegrass countryside, take a distillery tour, wander the gift shop a bit, and return home. Rather, you have a finite window for catching local flavor before a University of Kentucky...
Lower Main St, Aghamore, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
West of Dublin in the heart of Ireland sits the country's oldest working still and the oldest continually licensed distillery in the world. Formerly Locke's Distillery, Locke's is now the name of the museum that contains some of the original...
South Hill, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
Whisky distilling in New Zealand goes back to the earliest Scottish settlers in 1838, and the distilling industry thrived around New Zealand, and particularly in the Dunedin and surrounding Otago region right through until the 1870s, when...
903 Parkway #128, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
Said the sign that led us down the alleyway, through the market to the Moonshine Distillery. Following the crowd, we entered the whiskey store and shuffled up to the counter where we discovered the staff offering up free samples from at least...
6812, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
There may be imitators out there, but when it comes to sweet tea vodka, the best, and original, is Firefly. Located on a barrier island 45 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina, this vineyard started making their own muscadine vodka back in...
Domaine Thieubert, Le Coin, Le Carbet 97221, Martinique
Martinique’s Route Des Rhums is something of the ultimate single island rum tour. The big reason for this being there are 10 different distilleries spread across Martinique’s 425 square miles! TEN! Two of the best are Distillerie Neisson and...
Four Roads, Barbados
It's not done idly when they eschew the term "distillery" in favor of "rum factory and heritage park" in the case of Foursquare. As a "rum factory" they produce tremendous amounts of some of the most loved rums from Barbados. Naturally, you can...
Guayacanes, Dominican Republic
Founded in 1930 by Julian Barceló in Santo Domingo, Ron Barceló has grown to become one of the top three rums in the Dominican Republic. One of the “three B’s” as their called: Barcelo, Brugal, and Bermudez. The tour here doesn't get much into the...
3007 Hannah's Rest, Fredericksted, USVI 00840, USVI
Rum is the Caribbean’s signature spirit, its production documented in the region since colonial times. Just as there are dozens of varieties of rum, Caribbean travelers can select from a wide variety of rum distillery tours. The one...
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