Tower Tasting Room
5877 Buford Highway, Suite A
Doraville, GA 30340
Handicap Accessible: Ground-level Entrance
Payments Accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking: Private Lot, No Parking Fee
Saturday, October 27th 12-3
Moonshine has gotten a bad rap over the years, but we’re out to spread the good word (and good moonshine). So how did this all start?
We’ve got to go back to the beginning, when early settlers in Virginia first began experimenting with native corn. Colonists quickly found that corn made for better beer – much better than the British ale they were used to. And after a few runs of corn through a shabby still, the corn whiskey “moonshine” was born.
Fast-forward a few years, where moonshine faded from popularity as barrel-aged whiskies became all the rage. Why? By aging spirits, they could mask the harsh flavors of unperfected moonshine.
It wasn’t until 1860s that moonshine would come back into the public eye, all thanks to Civil War soldiers taking a surplus of corn rations and elevating the moonshine distilling process by using copper kettles as higher quality stills. Where did this happen? On none other than Belle Isle itself.
With Prohibition following a few decades later, what Virginia knew and loved as moonshine became synonymous with all sorts of unregulated, untaxed, and impure distillates being distributed illegally throughout the country. By the time Prohibition was all said and done, the word “moonshine” had left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.
That’s why, when brothers-in-law Vince Riggi and Brian Marks sat down together over a drink in 2013, they realized their dream of seeing moonshine on the shelf and in the hands of people everywhere. And not moonshine like we’ve come to know it; they dreamed up a premium moonshine, made using the same techniques passed down by our American ancestors, distilled from 100% organic corn, and made with only the best ingredients.