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High Ridge Spirits | Stills Crossroads Alabama

High Ridge Spirits | Stills Crossroads Alabama

High Ridge Spirits, makers of Stills Crossroads Alabama 'Shine and the first legal distillery in Alabama since Prohibition.

High Ridge Spirits, makers of Stills Crossroads Alabama ‘Shine and the first legal distillery in Alabama since Prohibition.

Alabama’s first legal distillery since Prohibition has opened in a county famous for producing illegal whiskey.

 

High Ridge Spirits operates in a former horse barn in rural Bullock County. Its shiny metal tanks and spotless concrete floor look like any food processing facility. Employees’ relaxed pace indicate there are no worries about a raid by state liquor agents.

Head distiller Jamie Ray says it’s a little different from the way it’s been done in the woods of Bullock County for decades. A creek behind High Ridge Distillery even has the remnants of a still that got raided years ago.

Jamie Ray, High Ridge Spirits master distiller, is the first man to elevate Alabama’s game. After years of designing award-winning craft brews, Jamie rolled up his sleeves and began the long, arduous process of making Alabama-made whiskey legal. He did his homework, and along with his four partners – three homegrown Union Springs folks and a country boy from Georgia – created High Ridge Spirits. With the blessing of the state, our company started producing fine, hand-made spirits in late 2013. Ray delivered the first 37 cases of his Stills Crossroads Alabama ‘Shine to the state liquor agency Oct. 24.

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