ASW Distillery

ASW Distillery is a manufacturer of liquor located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is the second legally licensed distillery in Atlanta since the end of American Prohibition and distilled the first single malt whiskey in Atlanta history.[1] In 2018, the distillery's Duality Double Malt Whiskey became Georgia's first-ever Double Gold Medal Whiskey, as judged by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

ASW Distillery
TypePrivate
Founded2016
Headquarters,
United States
ProductsBourbon Whiskey
Rye Whiskey
American Single Malt Whiskey
Double Malt Whiskey
Apple Brandy
Websitewww.aswdistillery.com
ASW Distillery's copper pot stills at its distillery in Atlanta, Georgia

Distillery and tasting roomEdit

The distillery operates, along with a tasting room, in 6,500 square feet of a retrofitted industrial space in Atlanta's Armour Yard district, near SweetWater Brewery.[2][3]

DistillationEdit

ASW Distillery makes its spirits in small batches, predominantly in copper pot stills, including a 500-gallon wash still and a 300-gallon spirit still manufactured by the Louisville, Kentucky-based Vendome Copper & Brass Works.[4] In addition to the spirits ASW Distillery distills at its Atlanta facility, it has a line of whiskies sourced from across the country that the distillery then finishes in-house, known as Fiddler.[5] For the spirits that ASW Distillery distills on-site, the distillery works with smoked malts,[6] uses corn from Riverview Farms in Ranger, Georgia, apples from north Georgia, and staves from oak trees that the company hand-harvested in Jackson County, Georgia.[7]

ProductsEdit

American Spirit Whiskey was the first commercial offering from ASW Distillery, introduced to the Atlanta market in late 2011.[8] American Spirit Whiskey is not distilled in Atlanta, but is an 80 proof spirit whiskey distilled in Charleston, South Carolina using a recipe created by the founders of ASW Distillery in 2010. It is described as having "a soft minerality to it and, like the nose, a slight fruitiness."[9]

Fiddler Bourbon was the first bourbon offering from ASW Distillery, introduced to the Atlanta market in late 2016.[10] Fiddler Unison Bourbon is a marriage of a high-malt bourbon distilled in Atlanta and a "foraged" high-wheat bourbon. Fiddler Georgia Heartwood Bourbon finishes the "foraged" high-wheat bourbon on Georgia oak harvested and hand-charred by ASW Distillery's Head Distiller.[11] Fiddler Unison Bourbon won a silver medal and Fiddler Georgia Heartwood Bourbon won a gold medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.[12]

Resurgens Rye was the first whiskey distilled at ASW Distillery's Atlanta facility and is Atlanta's first rye since Prohibition,[13] unique for being a single malt whiskey made from 100% malted rye grain, in contrast to the cereal rye comprising the base of most whiskey made from rye. It was introduced to the Atlanta market in late 2016. It won a silver medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.[14]

Armour & Oak Apple Brandy is an apple brandy made using apples from Blue Ridge, Georgia's Mercier Orchards.

Monday Night is a Scottish-style single malt whiskey made in collaboration with Atlanta's Monday Night Brewing. The whiskey was "distilled in a single distillery (ASW) using a pot stilled distillation process made from a mash of malted grain", which reviewers describe as the "like a marriage of bourbon and Scotch — a good entry point for Scotch newbies."[15]

Duality Double Malt is a whiskey distilled from 50% malted rye and 50% cherry-smoked malted barley. The distillery claims it is the world's first whiskey of its kind. It won a Double Gold Medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.[16]

Ameireaganach Single Malt is a series of single malt whiskies, with yeast strains, mash bills, and finishing methods differing by release. Ameireaganach means "American" in Scottish-Gaelic. It won a silver medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McKibben, Beth (9 September 2016). "ASW Begins Distilling Atlanta's First Single Malt on Armour Drive". Eater.com. Retrieved Nov 27, 2016.
  2. ^ McKibben, Beth (9 September 2016). "ASW Begins Distilling Atlanta's First Single Malt on Armour Drive".
  3. ^ Townsend, Bob. "Atlanta's ASW Distillery open for tours and tastings". AJC.com.
  4. ^ Kaplan, Brad. "Drink local: The least you need to know about Atlanta's four distilleries".
  5. ^ Kaplan, Brad. "Drink Local: ASW Fiddler Bourbon: Tasting Atlanta's fiddled-with whiskey".
  6. ^ Hansberger, Angela. "Whiskey meets beer meets badgers".
  7. ^ Couret, Jacques. "Fiddler Georgia Heartwood hits store shelves".
  8. ^ Greene, Kat. "Atlantans launch American Spirit Whiskey".
  9. ^ Kaplan, Brad (27 April 2012). "Two Takes on White Whiskey".
  10. ^ Kaplan, Brad. "Drink Local: ASW Fiddler Bourbon".
  11. ^ "The Batches".
  12. ^ Brock, Wendell (29 May 2018). "An Atlanta Whiskey Upstart: Meet Justin Manglitz, the man who's helping put ASW Distillery on the national map".
  13. ^ Hansberger, Angela. "Up from the ashes".
  14. ^ Brock, Wendell (29 May 2018). "An Atlanta Whiskey Upstart: Meet Justin Manglitz, the man who's helping put ASW Distillery on the national map".
  15. ^ Hansberger, Angela. "Whiskey meets beer meets badgers".
  16. ^ Brock, Wendell (29 May 2018). "An Atlanta Whiskey Upstart: Meet Justin Manglitz, the man who's helping put ASW Distillery on the national map".
  17. ^ Brock, Wendell (29 May 2018). "An Atlanta Whiskey Upstart: Meet Justin Manglitz, the man who's helping put ASW Distillery on the national map".

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Coordinates: 33°48′35″N 84°22′55″W / 33.809830°N 84.382015°W / 33.809830; -84.382015