New distillery gets into Charleston spirit

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013

Charleston has a certain spirit about it. People feel a personal connection to the city and become engulfed in its rich history and heritage. Now, Charleston can finally say it has its own “spirit” that you can drink, distilled and bottled in Charleston, intoxicating you with the spirit of the city. Striped Pig Distillery is Charleston’s first distillery since Prohibition. Their spirits are just now starting to be sold in liquor stores, vastly sweeping across the city and soon-to-be state.

Striped Pig’s spirits include Vodka, a white rum and 120 proof ’shine. The Striped vodka and ‘shine is made from corn from Myer’s Farm in Bowman, and the rum is made from molasses from Savannah, Ga.

“We use the freshest, local ingredients to make our spirits. All of our spirits are handcrafted in small batches, and each bottle is marked with its batch and bottle number as well as the distiller’s signature. We believe this adds to the authenticity of our brand and shows the consumer how much heart and soul we put into making our spirits,” Distiller Johnny Pieper said. “We are committed to using local resources and supporting the Lowcountry.”

Five partners make up the Striped Pig group. Jim Craig has lived in the Lowcountry for years, now living in Mount Pleasant. Craig has a passion for distilling, and upon retirement, decided to finally chase his dream. Casey Lillie moved from Myrtle Beach to continue his career in insurance and follow his instincts of starting a distillery, a booming business right now. Johnny Pieper graduated from the College of Charleston and has been living in Charleston for more than 10 years. He believes Charleston is the greatest city in the world, which is why he wanted to make a spirit that is all about it. Todd Weiss, also a long-time resident of the Lowcountry, has a passion for distilling rum, and has been perfecting his recipe for years, which is evident in its rich flavor. Charlestonian Boris Van Dyck is also a partner.

The partners’ love for the Lowcountry and commitment to supporting local business is clear in all aspects of this spirit company.

“The partners and distillers at Striped Pig aimed to bottle the spirit of Charleston, and by using local ingredients, the history of the Lowcountry and truly embodying the spirit of the city, they accomplished their goal,” marketing director, Juliana Harless said.

Striped Pig Distillery is open for free tours and tastings, Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Tours start at the top of every hour. If you would like to schedule your own tour at a different time, you may do so on their website, www.stripedpigdistillery.com.

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