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Dread River Distilling Co.—so far the largest distillery in Alabama—is set to open early July 2019 in Birmingham’s Lakeview District. But don’t wait to see what the all the hype is about! Taste spirits and tour their new 24,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, tasting room and event space this month at their open house this Memorial Day on May 27.
Taste & Tour 🥃
Dread River, located at 2400 7th Ave S, will host their first open house this Monday, May 27 from 1-5PM. There will be tours every hour, on the hour, and $10 tastings. The second open house will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 5-8PM.
Dread River will be distilling a full product line of whiskey (bourbon and rye, to start), vodka, gin and rum. Also, they’ll brew small batches of craft beer and bottle wine—so, there’s something for everyone.
What’s the vibe? 💫
In their own words, “Experience is at the forefront of everything Dread River hopes to achieve. From process to products, the ethos of the company is to foster a feeling that is inviting, inspirational and unforgettable.”
From everything we’ve seen on social media, the vibes seems to be elegant, romantic and intimate. The atmosphere is stylish with intimate lounge spaces available for reservation and patio areas on two sides.
In July, Dread River will be open nightly for cocktail and light-bite service. Tours and tastings will be available through booking, and guests will also be allowed to purchase up to three bottles of spirits per day. They’re also looking to host events for parties of 5 to 500 with an on-site commercial catering kitchen.
What’s in a Name? 🥀
If you’ve been around Birmingham long enough, you’ve probably heard stories about the underground river flowing below Downtown Birmingham. Dread River Distilling Co. is tapping into the myth and mystery of that story and bringing something tangible for Birminghamians to enjoy.
Dread River was co-founded by Dr. Jeffery Dugas, orthopedic surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center; and John Cubelic, former Auburn wide receiver and film/event producer. Other team members include Birmingham native, Cyd Quick their Event Coordinator, Carl White their
Head Distiller and Michelle Piechowicz their
“Dread River is symbolic of the chasm between us and where we wanted to go, the relentless torrent of issues and roadblocks, and the frigid fear of failure. In making this distillery a reality, we realized that overcoming fears isn’t something we did, it’s who we are. For us, “dread” is not a paralytic, it’s an inspiration; it’s a goal worth pursuing, waiting to be achieved.”John Cubelic, Co-Founder of Dread River Distilling Co.