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ASW Distillery Opens in Atlanta: South's First Distillery to Combine Scotch-Style Distilling with Southern-Style Whiskey Making Innovation.

Atlanta, GA, July 27, 2016 --( ASW Distillery is now open for tours and tastings in the American Spirit Works building, a refurbished industrial space in Atlanta's Armour Yards neighborhood. Atlanta's newest distillery is the first in the South to combine Scotch-style distilling traditions with Southern-style whiskey making innovation. Situated around the corner from one of Atlanta's original craft beverage-makers, SweetWater Brewery, ASW Distillery will offer weekly tours and tastings from 4:30 - 6:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturdays. In addition to tasting the distillery's various whiskies, including its well-established American Spirit Whiskey, tours may include a history of the company's six-plus year odyssey and a journey through the distillery's production facility with views of its 300- and 500-gallon gleaming copper stills, interwoven with little-known stories about Atlanta's formative icons and events.

Tour-goers can relax on the Distillery's porch, in its well-appointed lounge area, or at the brass-accented maple bar, where they'll receive guided tastings of the Distillery's products. Renowned architect Oliver Carter and the Distillery's own Kelly Chasteen spearheaded the tasting room's design, which early visitors have described as reminiscent of a sumptuous lodge.

As Distillery patrons conclude their tours and tastings, they'll find an array of local and regional wares to peruse and purchase at ASW Mercantile. Items include Atlanta's own 1821 Bitters, prints from Bearings, and drinking vessels by both Yeti and Glencairn Crystal, the official Scotch whisky tasting glass employed by distilleries the world over.

Using traditional Scottish twin copper pot stills crafted by Kentucky-based Vendome Copper & Brass Works, ASW Distillery will make whiskies and brandies using the double distillation method perfected by Islay, Highlands, and Speyside single malt makers over the centuries. In homage to Southern innovations, both past and present, ASW will pursue grain-in distillation for robust bourbons made with Georgia corn, flavorful single malts of barley and rye, and aged brandies using local and regional fruits. In true grain-to-glass fashion, ASW has already harvested American oaks from forests in northeast Georgia to finish its range of whiskies on local oak heartwood.

Available in Georgia and other states along the East Coast since 2011, ASW Distillery's American Spirit Whiskey offers an approachable, cocktail-ready whiskey for those exploring the category for the first time. The company's first bourbon, a foraged, high wheat expression with notes of caramel and orange peel, is due for release late this fall. ASW will bottle its first single malt whiskey, an innovative, double-distilled expression made from malted rye - one of the South's native grains - in 2017. An in-house bourbon is slated to hit the market in late 2017.

More on the ASW Team:

Jim Chasteen, CEO

Charlie Thompson, Chairman

Justin Manglitz, Head Distiller

Kelly Chasteen, Head of Retail

Chad Ralston, Head of Marketing

Josh Anderson, Head of Sales

Formed by a distilling team with years of experience, making everything from high-gravity craft beer to American Spirit Whiskey - the Distillery's lightly aged silver whiskey - ASW Distillery is primed to make delicious spirits for years to come. "We're excited to open to the public after more than six years in the making and convey the passion that we have for this centuries-old tradition known as whiskey-making," founders Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson agree.

The motley team includes a former REIT wholesaler with an eye for rye, a wetlands mitigation investor, the one-time owner of a homebrew supply store who plays fiddle in a local band and has dreamed of opening a distillery since high school, a two-time novelist and Certified Specialist of Spirits who braves the cement trucks rumbling into Armour Yards on his daily bike commute, and a former Delta pilot with an exceptional beard.

More on American Spirit Works:

The 55,000 square feet American Spirit Works building occupies the space that formerly housed the Mason Murer Art Gallery. Like many repurposed buildings in the new Armour Yards development, American Spirit Works houses multiple businesses as tenants, including The Stave Room, a 7,500 square feet event space managed by Buckhead Theater and Biltmore Ballroom operators The Novare Group, and ASW Distillery, opening July 21, 2016.

About ASW Distillery:

Atlanta's newest distillery is the first in the South to combine Scotch-style distilling traditions with Southern-style whiskey making innovation. The ASW Distillery team works with the same style of twin copper pot stills used by Scotch distillers since the 18th century and incorporates Southern innovations like grain-in distillation and American oak the team harvested themselves to make flavorful bourbons, single malt whiskies, and fruit brandies. The team's first product, American Spirit Whiskey, hit the shelves in 2011, after founders Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson, friends from the University of Georgia, decided to put their passion for whiskey to good use. As part of Atlanta's new Armour Yards community just off the award-winning Atlanta BeltLine, neighbors of the Distillery include SweetWater Brewery, Georgia Organics, and the Fox Bros. BBQ Commissary. Please direct all inquiries to Chad Ralston, available by phone at 678-592-5103 and by email at

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