Lift Your Spirits

Lift Your Spirits | Be it for your bachelor party, bachelorette bash, or even your rehearsal dinner—rally the gang for a visit to a local distillery

Charleston Distilling Co.
(above, photograph courtesy of Charleston Distilling Co.)
Spirits: King Charles Vodka, Jasper’s Gin, and Tolerance Cinnamon Ginger Liqueur
What’s Cool: The distillery’s 8,700-square-foot warehouse sits in the heart of Upper King Street.
Tours & Tastings: Hourly tours for up to 20 people ($7 per person; includes a shot glass and three half-ounce tastings; Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Rent the Space: $1,800-$3,300/four hours; can hold up to 128 people; rate includes space only (Master distiller on-site for tours: $150/two hours)
Get the Goods! Charleston Distilling Co. is sold at liquor stores statewide.
Info: 501 King St., (843) 718-1446,

Striped Pig Distillery
(above, photograph by Robbin Knight)
Spirits: Striped Vodka, Striped Rum, and 120-proof Striped ’Shine
What’s Cool: They claim to make the strongest legal moonshine sold in the Palmetto State.
Tours & Tastings: Hourly tours for groups of any size (free; includes three half-ounce tastings; Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-5 p.m.; and by appointment; no reservation required unless touring by appointment)
Rent the Space: $500-$1,500; can hold up to 250 people inside and additional guests outside; rate includes tours and three half-ounce tastings per guest; specialty cocktails available for additional cost
Favors: T-shirts, hats, koozies, shot glasses, and stickers; customized products are available via special order Get the Goods! Striped Pig is sold in liquor stores statewide; find retailer lists online.
Info: 2225-A Old School Dr., North Charleston, (843) 276-3201,

Firefly Distillery & Tasting Room
(above, photograph by Docent Prodigy) 
Spirits: Original Sweet Tea Vodka, Raspberry Tea Vodka, Peach Tea Vodka, Skinny Tea Vodka, Straight Vodka, Firefly Moonshine, and more
What’s Cool:In 2008, they were the first to put sweet tea vodka on the market. The Southern classic is vodka infused with tea leaves sourced from nearby Charleston Tea Plantation.
Tours & Tastings: Tastings for groups up to 50 people ($6 per person; includes a shot glass and three half-ounce tastings; Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed January)
Rent the Space: Not available for private parties Favors: 50-milliliter mini bottles, three-gallon tea dispenser, T-shirts, ski hats, and baseball caps
Get the Goods! Firefly is sold at liquor stores statewide; find national retailer list online.
Info: 6775 Bears Bluff Rd., Wadmalaw Island, (843) 557-1405,