Based in the mountains of Western North Carolina Oak & Grist Distilling Company is dedicated to creating uniquely Appalachian spirits. From the incorporation of locally grown ingredients to the relationship between farmers and suppliers there is a strong focus on building a meaningful connection between place and product.
I recently worked with the distillery to supply a body of visual assets, from location images and owner portraits to product photography and cocktail atmospherics, to help in their first year of business and the launch of their first product, Dark Rhythm Gin. The gin is crafted from locally grown carrot and locally sourced malted barley with various other ingredients including sumac, chamomile, and lemon verbena to create a spirit infused with floral and citrus notes. For every bottle of gin sold the distillery donates a portion of its proceeds to local non-profit Our Voice. A rye whiskey and single malt whiskey will follow in the future.
Oak & Grist Distilling Company's Dark Rhythm Gin is currently widely available at ABC liquor stores in the Asheville area with plans for expansion soon. If you'd like to purchase it at your local store, ask the owners to bring it in. For those interested in seeing the distillery, having a taste of available spirits, and purchasing keepsake merchandise their Black Mountain distillery is open several days a week with hourly tours. Visit their site HERE for more information.