2nd City Distillery, the second location of small-batch distillery Carolina Moon in Edgefield South Carolina, is nearing completion.
“The ultimate goal is to be open and kicking it by Masters” shared David Long on a recent chilly morning as he watched workers attach a twenty foot long reproduction of the 2nd City logo above the bar.
“Although we’d really like to get open as soon as possible, like St. Patty’s day, get all the kinks worked out.”
The small-batch distillery will house a tasting room, retail space, mash room, distillation room and bottling room.
A change in Georgia law means 2nd City will be allowed to serve their spirits in a bar setting Prior to the changes, free samples could only be offered as part of packaged tours.
“We can retail our products on a limited basis in the bottle and serve sample cocktails.”
“What that means is any basic drink that somebody asks for we can make, obviously only with our spirits, but we can make it” stated Long.
“People will be able to walk in and treat it as a normal bar or they can take a tour, but they’re not forced to come in and do a song and dance to get a drink. Not anymore.”
Customers will be able to purchase up to three 750 milliliters of spirits per person per day as a part of the retail operation located in the 6,000-square foot building.
As far as what spirits will be available, Long says Augusta will be offering a different selection than the Edgefield location. “We try to keep everything fairly consistent. In Edgefield, we come out with a new product about every six months. Here we’ll probably speed that up a little bit. But you always stay with the things that sell. Here, the moonshine section will be more limited than it is in Edgefield. Put it this way, we’re branded in Edgefield as the moonshine place. Here it will be more variety. Aged bourbons and whiskey, vodka, gin and rum.”
“Our most popular bourbon is our single barrel, but we only put out two or three barrels of those a year.”
Not surprisingly, the single barrel bourbon sells quickly.
“We’ll put it out on social media that hey, barrel number six is coming out. Usually, especially around the holidays, it’s bought before we even bottle it at $65 a bottle. A 15-gallon barrel, you get somewhere, depending on how it’s aged, how much the evaporation loss you had, and how high the proof is when you pop it, it’s 65-85 750 milliliter bottles. But that’s why it’s exclusive, why people pay the higher dollar.”
The standard price point on a bottle of whiskey is $30-35.
Hours of operation are going to start out Wednesday through Saturday and adjust accordingly.
2nd City Distillery
#4 8th Street