The owner's hand-on passionate approach and organic, sustainable ingredients usually equal soaring prices, but that isn't the case with Old Fourth Distillery. You'll find their vodka and gin in about 250 bars and restaurants around the city and about 100 package stores. While retail prices vary, you'll usually find it at an approachable $25 per bottle.
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Heart for design, history and repurposing
Old Fourth Distillery's vodka and gin can stand on their own. The spirits are smooth and unique, emboldened with flavor. They don't need fancy bottles or a quaint tasting room to be successful. However, for these creators, a tasteful yet unpretentious experience is about more than what's in the bottle. In fact, it embodies the bottle. Beautiful blue or green glass holds the spirits. The vodka bottle showcases Cotton Mills Lofts; the gin bottle highlighting the old Sears & Roebuck building which is now Ponce City Market.
At the tasting room on Edgewood, you'll find marble countertops repurposed from an old East Atlanta Village school. Beadboard, old doors, church pews and more were sourced from over 20 different places around Atlanta to create an intimate space that is new, but still feels like it has been part of the neighborhood since the temperance movement. On the shelves you'll find a rich collection of distilling memorabilia from Atlanta, including old containers from RM Rose with 1906 engraved on the front -- a reminder of how things have changed.
Old Fourth Distillery gin is a beautiful bouquet of eight different botanicals including pink peppercorn, vapor infused into a smooth heavenly drink that doesn't require a tonic mix to soothe you. Get excited about the 45 barrels of bourbon aging currently. It will be at least another three years before they are available to the public, but it will be worth the wait.
Co-owner Craig Moore encourages you to "come meet the guys who had the guts to do it." The building and design are impressive, the spirits are impeccable and the talent and passion is refreshing. If you can't make a tour then ask for Old Fourth Distillery Vodka at your favorite restaurant to package store.
Lesli Peterson owns 365AtlantaFamily.com, a blog about traveling the South with kids and not for them.
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