Welcome to Thirsty South, dedicated to all things drinking well, here in Atlanta and beyond. Check out our blog for interesting news and features on Southern artisans of drinking well, and the Thirsty Guide to Atlanta for best bars, shops and more.

Recent Highlights:

DSC_1124An older, stronger, better Rittenhouse Rye? Heaven Hill has a new “Maryland-style” rye called Pikesville. Thing is, it’s basically Rittenhouse  with two more years and ten points of proof. So is it better? Find out with this review and tasting notes on both Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond and its newer, but older, sibling.

Plantation Rum PineapplePlantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum: So what exactly is this new beast? Take the multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of pineapple rum and the pursuits of David Wondrich and Maison Ferrand.

The Goat Farm Warhorse Coffee
All the Coffee in Atlanta: Stopping by the Goat Farm to visit the Warhorse Coffee, and a few of the other new coffee shops popping up rapidly around town – including Westside neighbors Chattahoochee Coffee Company, Octane Westside, and the coffee shop at Star Provisions.


Dickel White Corn WhiskyTwo Dickels for Drinking: A look at the relatively new Dickel White Corn Whisky No. 1 and its older, darker  sibling, the Dickel Barrel Select.

Evan Williams Single BarrelEvan Williams Single Barrel Memories: I was living in Manhattan, but didn’t know a thing about Manhattans. This was the bourbon that sucked me in.

The Pappy Old Fashioned: Toying with the notion that Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old bourbon can, or should, be used in a cocktail!?

Elijah Craig 12 Barrel Proof BourbonThe Elusive Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon: Finally finding, and then promptly breaking, but still tasting… a bottle of elusive whiskey.

Best Value Bourbons: A few top picks for great value bourbons at under $20, under $30, and… under $100!?

High West Campfire WhiskeyFan Fiction as Whiskey Review: High West’s new Campfire Whiskey is an intriguing blend of bourbon, rye and Scotch that warrants fiction as the only possible way to fully capture its character.

American Spirit WhiskeyTwo Takes on White Whiskey: American Spirit Whiskey out of Georgia/South Carolina and Troy & Sons Moonshine out of Asheville make two very different types of Southern “white whiskey”

William Larue WellerBattle Rye: Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye vs. High West Rendezvous Rye. A whiskey battle of epic proportions. It’s a rye for a rye, and a tooth for a tooth.

Maraschino CherriesThree Cocktail Cherries: Maraschino, Michigan and some moonshine cherries enter a cocktail cherry taste test, and a local Atlanta favorite emerges the winner.

Jack Rudy TonicSmall Batch Tonic: Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. of Charleston, South Carolina, is producing an artisan tonic syrup that will make your gin very, very happy.

Firefly DistilleryA Visit to Wadmalaw Island, Firefly Distillery: Venture out into the oaks and Spanish moss of this beautiful distillery nestled south of Charleston.

Earnestine HazelsThe Best Miller High Life Ever: If you’re lucky, you can find beer heaven in Memphis at a hot and steamy dive bar, with a side of jazz, and a main course of soul.

Great Southern Spirit – Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka: the most Southern of drinks – sweet tea – meets vodka in this epitome of a spirit that captures the essence of summer in the South.

Thirsty Guide to Atlanta: our guide to the best sources in Atlanta for quenching your thirst for great coffee, beer, wine, liquor or cocktails.

Great Southern Distillery – Old Rip Van Winkle: the pinnacle of bourbon, an ode to Pappy and his Kentucky roots, “Asleep Many Years in the Wood”

Great Southern Brewery – Terrapin Beer Co.: Athens continues to rock out great things, and Terrapin Beer Co. is no exception. Read our profile of this “Great Southern Brewery.”

Great Southern Coffee Roaster – Counter Culture Coffee: the first in our series on “Great Southern X” – artisans of drinking well in the South.

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