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 the 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 mountains of western North Carolina, we are committed to creating uniquely Appalachian flavored spirits, by supporting local and regional farmers and businesses. Our spirits aim to reward the curious and excite the connoisseur, while fostering a stronger connection between producer, consumer, and place. 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 community is so much larger than our distillery and the people within its walls. It extends from our stills to the farmers and maltsters that craft the ingredients that become the foundation of our spirits, to the coopers that bend, shape, toast, and char the barrels that embolden the flavors in our single malt and rye. Our story is co-authored by the hard-working people, the special places and the transformational innovations that have enabled us to embark on this journey.
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. Without their hard work and long hours, we would have little to distill. Oak stands for the loggers and coopers that choose the wood and construct the barrels in which our whisky spends most of its life. If not for these hardworking tradespeople, our single malt and rye would not contain the complexity of flavors that develops during the aging process
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AS OUR STORY CONTINUES TO UNFOLD. OUR CHAPTER PICKS UP WHERE OUR PREDECESSOR LEFT OFF, AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING A PRODUCT THAT HONORS THE STRONG HISTORY AND TRADITION IT WAS BUILT UPON. WE HOPE THAT YOU RESPONSIBLY ENJOY OUR SPIRITS AS MUCH AS WE DO.