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_0085Parker’s Heritage Collection 2014: Catch this stunning wheat whiskey limited release while you can – there’s nothing else like it out there

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

SweetWater Second Helping IPASweetWater Second Helping IPA: A very good beer for a very good cause – SweetWater Brewing Company’s limited release Second Helping IPA benefits the Giving Kitchen in Atlanta.

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.

Three Fine Ryes: On the occasion of the release of new Bulleit 95 Rye, we do a side by side tasting with Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond and Russell’s Reserve 6 year old rye.

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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