When I first stopped at the North Carolina Visitor Center the gal at the desk encouraged me to stop here during my stay. Me, visit a moonshine place? Then I got off my high horse recalling my grandfather’s “place” during the prohibition days, and succumbed to my curiosity. Here in Benson, North Carolina I met Jeremy Norris, a delightfully unassuming entrepreneur with a mission and one to watch as he develops his agro tourism business further.
The family ran the farm and moonshine business for 5 generations. They mainly sold produce at a roadside stand and when the interstate came business dried. Jeremy turned to agro tourism to save the farm building structures for weddings and events with the moonshine business starting 7 years ago.
When I visited things were in flux as within the next month the tour and tasting will be located on Route 50. Jeremy has added to the tour purchasing a tram to ride folks through his corn fields as he explains how non-GMO corn is grown, soaked as grain, sprouted, dried, and mulled eventually creating moonshine. There also is a movie about the farm, moonshine, and how Broadslab got its name. Want to know? Well, you have to take the tour.
Besides whiskey, rum is also created at Broadslab. Here is a listing of the Distillery’s creations.
- Broadslab Legacy Shine – This is their #1 best seller. It is clear and traditional moonshine. Very smooth.
- Broadslab Reserve – Moonshine with a tinge of smoky flavor, brown in color. Drink this straight or on ice, in Manhattans or Old Fashions.
- Broadslab Apple Shine – This was my favorite. 50% proof made with apple juice and cinnamon sticks, drink over ice.
- Carolina Coast Rum – This is a spicy rum aged in barrels then taken through the spice tank. Nothing artificial is in this gal. Drink straight, over ice, or add lemonade/ fruit juice.
- I thought he said there was another rum, however after 4 tastings my handwriting became illegible. 🙂
Prices are competitive running $23-$30 a bottle. All American glass is used and the moonshine is hand sealed. They can bottle 1,000 a day and the moonshine is found in the ABC Store, which is North Carolina’s state liquor store. Jeremy has a good product, however needs a marketing person. Anyone interested out there? Get in on the ground floor as I predict this operation will go far.
So, give it a whirl, go for a visit, take the tour, and try the moonshine.
It’s worth the drive.