Botanist & Barrel Adds Distribution in South Carolina

CEDAR GROVE, N.C. — Botanist & Barrel Cidery & Winery from the foothills of NC is partnering with Rafa Distributing of SC to bring southern craft cider to both the Carolinas.

Rafa distributing specializes in craft beverages carrying an impressive portfolio that includes both nationally and regional loved beers and ciders.

Botanist & Barrel is a cidery/winery, crafting big creativity into their small batch productions. Located on an organic blueberry farm, the winery focuses on minimal intervention, local ingredients and whole fruit fermentation. Most of their ciders and fruit wines are dry, fruit forward and still in the old-world tradition. Their many offerings include sour ciders as well as barrel aged ciders, including a combination of the two for their latest release, a sour raspberry cider aged in a sea salt bourbon barrel. They also plan to release a new line of bottle and keg conditioned ciders this summer.

“We want to bring traditional ciders with a modern twist to beer, wine and ciders drinkers to showcase the versatility of ciders and other fermented fruits,” says Lyndon Smith, co-owner of Botanist & Barrel. Lyndon’s sister and co-owner, Kether Smith adds, “We use traditional methods from cidermaking, winemaking and brewing, so we are a true hybrid in the craft beverage world.”

Look for Botanist & Barrel to hit the SC market in March of 2018. There are also plans to host a Charleston Cider Crawl in late spring or early summer to showcase all of the regions ciders.

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