Asheville's Craft Spirit Boom
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Donaldson
1y ago
Original Article: The Chemist, other new distilleries, part of Asheville craft spirit boom By Mackensy Lunsford, Asheville Citizen Times The Chemist's gin brings to the forefront notes of orange, lemon, tangerine and grapefruit. (Photo: Matt Burkhartt/Citizen Times For a while, Western North Carolina was known for one spirit, and one spirit only: moonshine. From the underground bootleg wares of Popcorn Sutton to the entirely legal and slickly branded Troy & Sons moonshine — so above-ground that it's sold at Disney Resorts — moonshine and Appalachia were practically synonymous. Now, there ..read more
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Drinkcations in Western North Carolina
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Donaldson
1y ago
Original Article: Drinkcations in Western North Carolina By Capital at Play In 2019 there are plenty of new options, new alternatives, and new destinations for the dedicated and adventurous drinker. One of the reasons Western North Carolina has exploded as a craft beverage mecca beyond beer is the same reason New York business monthly Fast Company pondered Asheville becoming the new craft beer capital of America in 2012: our 20,000-acre protected watershed. But now, the area craft beverage producers have their sights set on up-leveling Asheville’s drinkability. “Why just be Beer City USA when ..read more
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Distillery opens in Asheville as part of 'craft spirit boom'
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Donaldson
1y ago
By Stephanie Santostasi WLOS ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Another distillery has popped up in Asheville as part of the craft spirit boom. The Chemist is a newly formed apothecary beverage company that opened last month in the South Slope. Not only is the gin it distills unique, so is the place in which it is distilled. "We wanted the place to look like an old apothecary," co-founder James Donaldson said. His wife is a pharmacist, so the idea of outfitting the business as a prohibition-era apothecary wasn't an accident. The tasting room resembles a time when alcohol was only available via prescrip ..read more
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Drinkhacker
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Donaldson
1y ago
The Top Gin’s of 2022 Chemist Navy Strength Gin – This overproof gin packs a wallop. Bold, delicious orange peel and juicier citrus strike first and are later joined by mint and ginger, complementing a lip-smacking oily body. Everything is well-integrated and delicious. The gin’s pronounced flavors allow it to shine in cocktails, but it does perfectly well when sipped neat out of the glass… if you can take the heat. Read More ..read more
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Chemist Spirits & Biltmore Winery Back in Bloom with 2nd Conservatory Rose Gin Release
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Donaldson
1y ago
Last year’s inaugural collaboration between two Asheville legacies sold out in days – this year’s batch is on track to do the same! 750ml Bottle Release Date : June 22nd at Chemist Spirits - 151 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC Chemist Conservatory Rose Gin in collaboration with Biltmore Winery is a unique spirit crafted to capture the timeless elegance of Biltmore in full bloom. After selling out of last year’s batch in eight days, this year’s release is met with an even higher demand and is set to sell out just as quickly. This one-of-a-kind collaborative spirit starts with Chemist Spirits’ signature ..read more
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Things to Do in Asheville
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Katie Coburn
1y ago
Original Article: Things to Do in Asheville By by Del Holston, Explore Asheville Try something new: Explore one of the distilleries fueling Asheville’s recent craft-spirit boom. The Chemist is a South Slope gin distillery with a tasting room outfitted as a Prohibition-era apothecary. Check out the distillery’s bierbrand collaboration with Burial Beer Co., a relatively new concept in the United States, with German origins. The spirit-beer is unique in that the beer used is fully finished, it’s made with corn in the mash bill and aged in former bourbon barrels. An adjoining cocktail bar, A ..read more
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The Power of Female Mentoring
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Sydney Stines
1y ago
Karen (second from right) with members of the Women’s Distillery Guild (now a subgroup of Women of the Vine & Spirits). The Power of Female Mentoring Author: Montanya Distillers When our Founder and Owner, Karen Hoskin, started Montanya Distillers, she was often one of the only women in the room. It came with a lot of misguided assumptions—most people assumed she was anyone but the owner and founder—and required that she spend a lot of time proving her expertise before she could get down to business. It had another impact as well: when it came to finding qualified mentors who believed in ..read more
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Women at Work Diversity in the Distilling Industry
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Sydney Stines
1y ago
What it’s like for women who make liquor for a living Published on January 29, 2021 Author: Vanessa Infanzon When Chemist Spirits owner Debbie Word decided to open a distillery in downtown Asheville, N.C., she visited lending institutions in the area. Each one turned her down. “They were always men I was speaking to,” Word said. “The reaction was universal. I walked away every time feeling like they had zero confidence in me and in the business model.” Word launched Chemist Spirits in 2018 without borrowing from the banks. “I thrive on a challenge. The fact that they didn’t have any confidenc ..read more
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Introducing the Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Sydney Stines
1y ago
As fine wine lovers, the Chemist family longed for the perfect wine barrels to age the flagship American gin. The idea was clear, but the resource for spent wine barrels was obvious - the Biltmore Estate Winery. ASHEVILLE, NC Intrigued by the elegance and romance, the Chemist family spent countless hours exploring the remarkable offerings of the Estate. Immediately immersed in the divine architecture, lush landscape, and rich family history - it was clear the two companies paired perfectly in values and spirit. Grown from desire and shared values, Chemist’s Biltmore Conservatory ..read more
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It’s Official, Women Love Chemist Gin
Chemist Spirits Journal
by Donaldson
1y ago
The Award Winning Chemist American Gin   Chemist Spirits has just won the most important wine and spirits competition in the world judged by women buyers – the Women’s Wine and Spirits Awards. ASHEVILLE, NC With the explosive growth in the gin market over the last year, winning a Double Gold WWSA medal for its Chemist American Gin as a new woman-owned distillery is highly impressive. The Women's Wine and Spirits Judges were dazzled by the caliber of spirits presented. One of those judges, Sara Rossi, has a career that spans Fera at Claridges, Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road, and the ..read more
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