Dread River named 5th best new distillery in America by USA Today

Dread River Distilling Company building on 2400 7th Avenue South. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

Raise a glass Birmingham!  Our own Dread River Distillery Company is the 5th best new distillery in America according to USA Today 10Best.

It is hard to believe that back in June of 2019, fellow Bham Now producer Jon Eastwood and I took a tour of the newly opened distillery.  We knew right away the place was first class. 

Evidently, so did the panel of American spirits experts convened by USA Today to nominate   the 20 best new craft distilleries in the USA.  To make the list, the distillery had to open within the past three years.

Photo from USA Today website

USA Today created the list because craft distilleries are opening all over the country. A booming industry, the number of craft distilleries in the United States has  grown by more than 11 percent between 2018 and 2019. The country now has more than 2,000 of them.  

More Than a Distillery 

Tasting at Dread River Distilling Company. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

Popular from day one, Dread River’s Co-founder Dr. Jeff Dugas, told Bham Now that it was his 25 year hobby of home brewing and becoming friends with a rum distiller, that spawned the idea of opening up a distillery in Birmingham. After a great deal of research into other distilleries, Dugas recognized the importance of adding event space and other amenities.

Dread River has “stuck the landing” on everything they do, Along with great tasting spirits, the tours and tasting room are informative and fantastic. And so are the event spaces, lounge area and food. 

Personally, I’ve experienced two wonderful events at Dread River.  The entire staff at Bham Now got to enjoy our 2019 Christmas party there.  I also attended and wrote about a United Ability Dad’s Night Out gathering that was held this past winter.

How to Visit

How can you visit the 5th best new distillery in America?

Here are the details.

  • Dread River Distilling Co. is located at 2400 7th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233.
  • Tasting Room bar and kitchen is open Thu & Fri 4-close, Sat 2- close. 
  • Open for spirit and sanitizer sales Tue-Sat 11am-4pm.

Want descriptions about Dread River’s portfolio of whiskey, bourbon, vodka, gin and rum?  Tour their selection – HERE.

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  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.