About Us

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Our History

We’re doing things at Moonrise Distillery like they’ve been done since the early 1850s. While at times it seems like an old-fashioned, inefficient process, our use of tried and true methods and time consuming double-distillation removes impurities for a more refined and complex craft spirit. And unlike most distillers, we let our spirits tell us when they are ready - aging by taste and not by time. 

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Artisan Crafted

When creating high quality whiskey the "White Dog" created in fermentation and distillation is 40% of the equation. Pairing the spirit with the perfect barrel is imperative to producing the pleasant butter, caramel and vanilla notes characteristic of Moonrise Georgia Bourbons and Rye Whiskey. 


As artisans we focus equally on the 40% "science" of distilling and the 60% "art" of barrel aging and blending. Motivated by quality we reject all alcohol that does not assure a smooth and healthy experience for our customers. Our commitment to quality at a fair price drives our sustainable recycling program to eliminate waste while assuring top quality.

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Award-Winning Products

Proud to be recognized with over 17 awards, medals and recognitions across our diverse line of hand crafted, Georgia Grown and produced products Moonrise offers old world quality and craftsmanship to our customers.  From our first two products produced in 2013 to our current line of 19 offerings created from the input and feedback of our thousands of visitors each month, we have the fortune to teach and learn every day. 


We maintain a focus on family, community, local first and old world trade craft to build our brand one customer and one product purchase at a time. Our mission is to develop top shelf products, provide a top shelf experience and maintain the standards of those that came before us.

Awards and Recognition

Vodka

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

Our unique Vodka was  awarded a Gold Medal at the 2019 Georgia Trustees Wine and Spirits Competition. The annual event celebrates the top producers of wine and spirits across Georgia


Our distillation method, exceptional local ingredients and focus on quality produces an extremely smooth vodka with a wonderful mouth feel and lacks the typical bite of mass produced vodka.


Our goal is to create vodka with a rich texture and mouth feel that is more pleasing and viscous to the palate. You will find this vodka to be quite comfortable in a glass alone with ice. 

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

Earning a 96 rating with Tasting Panel Magazine in 2019 our flagship produce continues to build its pedigree. Gold medal winner - Global Spirit Awards, Gold Medal - Micro Liquor Spirit Awards and Gold Medal - Great American International Spirits Competition. 


Everything about this bourbon whiskey speaks caramel and rich vanilla. Available in 86, 90 and 120 proof it offers an aromatic experience for a broad range of bourbon whiskey enthusiasts. 


As we like to say, "Your nose tells your brain what your mouth is experiencing". 

Rye Whiskey

Distribution

Distribution

2019 saw our Rye Whiskey earn recognition as a top 25 Rye Whiskey in the United States. Finishing at number 13 it is also awarded the "Best Rye Whiskey in Georgia" at the 2019 Georgia Trustees Wine and Spirits Competition. Our Rye Whiskey also holds Gold medal - Global Spirit Awards, Gold Medal - Micro Liquor Spirit Awards and Silver Medal - Great American International Spirits Competition. 


Our Rye Whiskey retains our precious caramel while introducing the flavor spices of malted rye grain. Our unique formula and ingredients round out an exceptional rye that offers the best of all whiskey worlds in our opinion.

Distribution

Distribution

Distribution

Moonrise Distillery distributes its products across the State of Georgia through Atlanta Beverage. Atlanta Beverage sells Moonrise products to Restaurants, Bars and Liquor Stores for consumer purchase. 


In 2020 Moonrise is expanding its distribution across Florida. Today, restaurants, bars and liquor stores across Georgia and Florida can purchase our Vodka, Gin, Snow Cream, Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey product lines. Please contact Atlanta Beverage in Georgia and reach out to us directly for information on Florida distribution.

Our Products

Vodka

Snow Cream

Vodka

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Our unique Vodka was  awarded a Gold Medal at the 2019 Georgia Trustees Wine and Spirits Competition. The annual event celebrates the top producers of wine and spirits across Georgia


Our distillation method, exceptional local ingredients and focus on quality produces an extremely smooth vodka with a wonderful mouth feel and lacks the typical bite of mass produced vodka.


Our goal is to create vodka with a rich texture and mouth feel that is more pleasing and viscous to the palate. You will find this vodka to be quite comfortable in a glass alone with ice. 

Gin

Snow Cream

Vodka

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Our Gin is created from a special herb bill of 14 unique botanicals. A special process combines two traditional methods of making Gin to produce a unique kaleidoscope of flavors and aromas.


Our botanical Gin combines the best of floral and fruit with the right amount of earthy nuts and spices to have exceptional body without overpowering Juniper pine tree notes.


The discerning palate may discover our signature notes derived from the peels of Ruby Red pink grapefruit.

Snow Cream

Snow Cream

Bourbon Whiskey

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Remember as a child being so excited for the first snow of the season? The prospect of your Nana making Snow Cream from fresh snow, condensed milk and vanilla? 


The only thing missing was the partnership of that amazing experience with an award winning bourbon whiskey. Our Snow Cream will bring you back to that amazing moment with the first smell of vanilla when you break through the hand dipped wax seal. 


Enjoy the journey through the hint of bourbon attitude and finish squarely in the snow cream experience. Coffee extra.

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

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Offered at 86, 90 and 120 proof, our Georgia Bourbon Whiskey presents something for everyone. Smooth and complex with deep, rich flavors - all made right here in Rabun County Georgia. We use local heirloom corn and traditional trade craft to create a complex four grain bourbon whiskey. 


Aged a minimum of four years in 30 gallon barrels produces a product family exhibiting  characteristics typically found only in 8 to 10 year bourbon whiskey. 


Rye Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

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A very unique and highly decorated Rye Whiskey that incorporates the best of both Bourbon and Rye Whiskey. While many Rye Whiskies can be sharp and bite back our Rye Whiskey maintains the backbone of caramel with highlights of complex rye flavors.


Born and raised in Rabun County Georgia this four grain rye whiskey is a labor of love and has won the hearts of many who swear off Rye Whiskey. Experience how rye whiskey can be with the right balance of structure, attitude and flavor.

Brandy

Bourbon Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

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Cognac and mountain style brandies produced from fruit grown locally and sweetened with local honey. We produce both "mountain style" fruit forward brandy and "cognac style" cordial profile brandies to appeal the diverse pallets of our customers. 


All local hand selected fruit and careful aging in our bourbon and rye whiskey barrels are the canvas for these beautiful reflections of nature.

Craft Cocktails

Jellies and Preserves

Craft Cocktails

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Our expertly crafted ready to drink cocktails are all natural and derived from our hand crafted spirits. Just grab the bottle and enjoy a Margarita, Bloody Mary, Rye Whiskey Tea or Bourbon Lemonade and enjoy the moment.

Barbecue Sauce

Jellies and Preserves

Craft Cocktails

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Our unique sauce is derived directly from the barrel. After we dump a set of Bourbon Whiskey barrels to create a small batch we harvest the char to produce a liquid extract. The extract is incorporated into our amazing sauce. 

Jellies and Preserves

Jellies and Preserves

Jellies and Preserves

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Made with our Moonshine (the four grain white whiskey kind with no sugar added). Experience real local fruit with  natural ingredients in our Peach Bourbon and Mountain Berry Moonshine preserves.

Pickles

Ice Cream

Jellies and Preserves

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We love crispy flavorful pickles. We produce a bread and butter style Moonshine Pickle and a half sour pickle fermented in Rye Whiskey barrels.

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

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The folks from Vermont didn't return our calls so we made our own. Incorporating our spirts we hand craft our four ice cream flavors from local ingredients. 

Our Distillery - Live Music 2-5 Sundays

The Front Porch at Moonrise

The Front Porch at Moonrise

The Front Porch at Moonrise

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Nothing more relaxing than our 80 foot covered front porch. Enjoy the mountains, our craft cocktails and award winning craft spirits.

Our Event Lawn

The Front Porch at Moonrise

The Front Porch at Moonrise

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Bring your favorite chair or blanket and relax on the turf. Picnic baskets are welcome every day and are perfect during one of our concerts.

Band and Event Stage

The Front Porch at Moonrise

Grotto and Reserve Tables

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Amazing talent like the American Rock Club band are now entertaining crowds in our mountain concert venue. 

Grotto and Reserve Tables

Distillery Cocktail and Tasting Bar

Grotto and Reserve Tables

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Enjoy a cocktail and perhaps a picnic at our stage side grotto area. 

Distillery Cocktail and Tasting Bar

Distillery Cocktail and Tasting Bar

Distillery Cocktail and Tasting Bar

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Our cocktail and tasting bar is located inside the distillery. Enjoy ready to drink craft cocktails while relaxing with others while you watch us make award winning spirits. 

Outdoor Fire Pit

Distillery Cocktail and Tasting Bar

Distillery Cocktail and Tasting Bar

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Relax by the fire at our stage side fire pit.

Contact Us

Send Message

Moonrise Distillery

31 Webb Road, Clayton, Georgia 30525, United States

(844) 994.4759 Info@MoonriseDistillery.com

Hours

Mon

11:00 am – 05:00 pm

Tue

11:00 am – 05:00 pm

Wed

Closed

Thu

11:00 am – 05:00 pm

Fri

11:00 am – 05:00 pm

Sat

11:00 am – 05:00 pm

Sun

12:30 pm – 05:00 pm

CLOSED for Mother's Day


Last tour is at 4pm. No tours on Sunday. Sunday Funday live music 2-5pm every Sunday. Cocktails and tastings with the band. 

Moonrise Ambassador Club

Be a Moonrise Ambassador

Moonrise Ambassador Club


Whether you’re after a smooth, full-bodied and flavored bourbon to sip neat or something with layers of complexity to use in your favorite cocktail, we have a Moonrise expression for you. If you like what we are about and are ready to take this relationship to the next level consider becoming a Moonrise Ambassador. Enjoy special events, access to unique Ambassador product offerings and information, special discounts and the opportunity to help us spread the word about Moonrise. 


We’ll also put your name on a special barrel and let you sample and nurture it throughout it’s aging process. Once it’s ready we’ll let you visit Moonrise, bottle the batch and take home a few personalized bottles. 


We think that’s worth the wait. The initial cost of $275 and annual renewal of $200/year entitles you to $5 discounts on bottle purchases, $2 discounts on cocktails, 10% merchandise discount (like our cool Yeti's), your own Glencairn whiskey glass to take home and access to Ambassador only product and merchandise releases, Ambassador Club leather coaster and Moonrise Distillery hat. 


Of course tastings and tours are free for Ambassadors as they enjoy the use of an Ambassador glass during their visit. There’s always something going on at our little distillery and we hope to see you soon. Click here to join the club. 

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