South Carolina: Terressentia in North Charleston, 2007
Terressentia is a contract distiller in South Carolina that producers liquor for retail chains, brand owners, exporters and distilleries. The business was built to satisfy the need for made-to-order spirits made by a third party, and while it doesn’t make any specific brands of its own, there’s a chance you might have tried something from Terressentia. With nearly 16,000 barrels in inventory, Terressentia isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
The story of Dakota Spirits Distilling starts with a rare agreement between two siblings known as the Bickering Brothers. Despite their differences, they joined forces to create the first distillery in South Dakota since Prohibition. They use a small batch copper still and South Dakota ingredients to make whiskey, vodka and brandy. “In the end,” the company states on its Facebook page, “our bickering allowed us to let the oak do its business without our interruptions.”
Tennessee: Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg, 1866 (or 1875)
Read any bottle of Jack Daniel’s and you’ll spy “Est. & Reg. in 1866,” referring to the year the brand claims the distillery was officially established in the ironically dry county of Lynchburg (though biographer Peter Krass disputes that timeline in Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, claiming the distillery opened in 1975). The brand has recently embraced aspects of the Jack Daniel origin story that was previously swept under the rug, namely the role of an enslaved man, Nearis Green, in teaching young Daniel the art of distillation.