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Craft Distilleries Lighting Up Across Charleston

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Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell, in their High Wire Distillery [Photo: Tommy Werner]

The Lowcountry craft liquor scene is about to explode. There are three distilleries on the verge of producing hooch, reports the Post and Courier. The Striped Pig Distillery is up in North Charleston, High Wire Distilling is near King Street's sandwich darling Butcher and Bee and Charleston Distilling Co. is right in the heart of Upper King Street. This all comes in the wake of the local beer boom, and the success of sweet tea vodka evangelists Firefly, who call Wadmalaw home.

Over at High Wire Distilling, the husband and wife team behind the brand, Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell (formerly of Immaculate Baking Company), are working with Maker's Mark alumnus David Pickerell to bring more expertise to the brand. They told Eater one of their first spirits will be a botanical-based gin.

"We have one or two secrets up our sleeve that will help make us a little more competitive," Todd Weiss of Striped Pig Distillery said to the P&C. His team is slated to start production by June.

Earlier this year, Pusser's Rum brought its headquarters to the area, though they're continuing to distill down in the islands.

— Additional reporting by Tommy Werner

· Producing potent potables: Craft distilleries set their sights on Charleston [P&C]
· Charleston Distilling Co. [Facebook]
· High Wire Distilling [Facebook]
· Pusser's Rum Moves Corporate Headquarters to North Charleston [P&C]