In the 1950’s, a young boy in dufftown, Scotland began what would be a lifelong career in the distilling business by helping turn malt at the local distillery. After forty-two official years, he retired as a distillery manager, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the spirits aged and bottled over the course of his career. In 2015, he bestowed upon his son the knowledge that he had carefully curated over so many years. Born from that familial passing of the torch, Oak and Grist Distilling Company is a new generation of spirits that honors our heritage and continues to build on the foundation laid by our predecessors.
Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, we are committed to creating uniquely Appalachian spirits, by supporting local and regional farmers and businesses. From wild harvested sumac, to locally grown and malted barley, the ingredients that we use in our spirits are without a doubt what make them worth more than just one taste.
Our name is therefore a tribute to the people and trades that help make our spirits what they are. Grist represents the farmers and maltsters that make fermentation and distillation of grain possible. Oak applauds the loggers and coopers that choose, bend, shape, toast and char the barrels that embolden the flavors in our whisky’s.
You are invited to join our community as our story picks up where our predecessors left off. We are committed to creating products that honor the strong history and tradition that this industry was built upon. We hope that you responsibly enjoy our spirits as much as we do.