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About Us

Award winning James Henry Bourbon and Rye Whiskey from Moonrise Distillery

Our History

We’re doing things at Moonrise Distillery like they’ve been done since the early 1950s. 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 sipping bourbon and rye whiskey. 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

Pairing the spirit with the perfect barrel is imperative to producing the pleasant butter and vanilla notes characteristic of Moonrise Georgia Bourbon and Rye Whiskey. The proper amount of “toast” and “char” open pores in the brand new American white oak and caramelizes the natural sugars in the wood. And of course the wood in our barrels is first aged a minimum of 9 months outdoors.

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Award-Winning Products

Our bourbon and rye products enjoy national and international recognition and are currently in distribution across 7 states. First produced in 2013 the aged products were introduced to market after 3 full years of aging in 30 gallon barrels in 2017. 

Since their introduction the spirits have won 3 gold medals in international competitions at the Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas, MicroLiquor Spirit awards in Los Angelos and the International Spirit Competition in New York City. Both the bourbon and rye have recently been rated 92 and 90 respectively by Tasting Panel Magazine - the authority in the spirit market.

Awards and Recognition

Vodka

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

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

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

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 2019, Moonrise distributes its James Henry Bourbon and Rye Whiskey across Georgia and South Carolina. We are expanding distribution to include Vodka, Gin, Snow Cream and our new award winning line of Moonrise Georgia Bourbon and Rye Whiskies. Moonrise Distillery customers can now find eight new products across the state of Georgia.

Our Products

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

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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

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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

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Building on the foundation of our James Henry Bourbon Whiskey, Moonrise offers a family of award winning Bourbon Whiskey sure to please everyone. 

Rye Whiskey

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A very unique and highly decorated Rye Whiskey that incorporates the best of both Bourbon and Rye Whiskey. Born and raised in Rabun County.

Brandy

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Cognac and mountain style brandies produced from fruit grown locally and sweetened with local honey.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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Relax by the fire at our stage side fire pit.

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Moonrise Distillery

31 Webb Rd, PO Box 829, Clayton, GA 30525, us

(844) 994.4759

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

Last tour is at 5pm. Distillery cocktail area open daily until the last customer leaves. 

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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