CEDAR GROVE, N.C. — Botanist & Barrel Cidery & Winery from the foothills of NC is partnering with Liberator Distributing of GA to bring southern craft cider to the peach state.
Liberator Distributing specializes in craft beverages and has a beautiful portfolio including nationally and regional loved producers.
Botanist & Barrel crafts a variety of ciders, sours, and dry fruit wines. Using techniques from wine-making, brewing, and mixology they are constantly blurring the lines. They are Orange County’s first winery and cidery, situated just north of Hillsborough, on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm. They are also farmers raising organic blueberries on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm, where the winery/cidery is located. The farm is certified organic and dry farms for the best estate grown fruit on earth.
Founded in 2017 by brother and sister team and Orange County natives, Lyndon and Kether Smith focus on light-handed winemaking using old world methods with modern sensibilities. They lean towards whole fruit fermentation and make natural beverages with no additives or forced carbonation. The ciders and wines are raw, wild, unfined, unfiltered, unpasteurized and mostly still. They age in everything from tequila barrels, to sea salt bourbon barrels, to rum, to sauternes, to tawny port to bourbon maple syrup barrels.
Botanist & Barrel is hyper-local, sourcing ingredients whenever possible from within 200 miles of our farmhouse winery.
“We love crafting wild fermented ciders with a modern twist to highlight the versatility of ciders and other fruits,” says Lyndon Smith, co-owner of Botanist & Barrel. Lyndon’s sister and co-owner, Kether Smith adds, “We are always blurring the lines using methods from cidermaking, winemaking and brewing. It’s a completely new hybrid in the craft beverage world.”
Look for Botanist & Barrel to hit the GA market by the of 2018.
For more on Liberator Distributing visit www.liberatordistributing.com/ and for more on Botanist & Barrel visit www.botanistandbarrel.com