NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (JANUARY 30, 2020) – As Firefly Distillery, South Carolina’s oldest working distillery, shifts operations to its new home in Park Circle in early 2020, plans are already underway for a grand opening celebration to mark its biggest milestone yet.
“The entire Firefly family couldn’t be more excited that our dream of opening an expanded distillery in Park Circle will soon become a reality,” said Scott Newitt, Firefly co-founder. “We’re honoring our roots and infusing the new distillery experience with the laid back vibe and natural beauty that visitors have come to expect and love. Our new location will also provide a venue for behind-the-scenes tours, expanded production, and memorable events — with our grand opening celebration being among the first!”
Firefly Distillery’s grand opening celebration, which is free to attend and open to the public, will take place at its new 4201 Spruill Avenue location on May 2, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature a live music lineup, headlined by The High Divers with appearances by Haley Mae Campbell and Hans Wenzel.
Tours of the new 25,000-square-foot distillery will run throughout the day, during which visitors (21+) can learn about the history of Firefly, experience the distillation process and sample Firefly Spirits in the tasting room, including distillery specialties like the new small batch bourbon. Attendees are encouraged to pre-book distillery tours to secure their spot.
The family and dog-friendly event will also feature food trucks including Braised in the South, Jonny Poppers, Greekin Out, and Sweet Lulus; a beer garden featuring local Park Circle businesses Holy City Brewery, Coast Brewing Company, and Tradesman Brewing Company, along with a Charleston Mix Bloody Mary bar. The first 500 people will receive Firefly swag and there will be raffles throughout the day for Firefly Spirits prize packs.
Firefly Distillery has partnered with Water Mission as the official charity partner for the event with a percentage of beer garden sales going back to the organization. Water Mission is a local non-profit making waves around the world, building safe water, sanitation and hygiene, solutions in developing countries and disaster areas. Their missions aligned when both organizations led and supported relief efforts after the devastation from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, home to Firefly Sunset Resort.
The next chapter for Firefly Spirits
Firefly Distillery is South Carolina’s oldest working distillery and the birthplace of the world’s first sweet tea vodka. After nearly 15 years on Wadmalaw Island, the distillery is relocating and expanding to the new 25,000-square foot facility to support its expanding spirits line and to provide a distinct venue for private events, weddings and concerts.
Set under the oaks and surrounded by marsh views, the distillery will be a destination for locals and visitors alike with tours, a tasting room, a rotating schedule of food trucks and live music, special events and a gift shop.
Visitors will be able to tour the distillery, learn about the Firefly story and how Firefly Spirits are made from distilling to bottling. The Firefly Tasting Room will feature signature spirits like Firefly vodkas and moonshines, and will also offer distillery specialties including Distillery Expressions Bourbon, Sweet Tea Whiskey, Bourbon Ball Whiskey, Southern Accents flavored liqueurs, and Sea Island Rum.
The event space features ample indoor and outdoor space for private event and wedding rentals and concerts, including three meeting rooms and a catering kitchen.
For more information about Firefly Distillery tours, events, and private event rentals, visit www.fireflydistillery.com.
About Firefly Distillery
Firefly Distillery is the birthplace of Firefly Spirits. What began as an idea for the world’s first sweet tea vodka has grown into South Carolina’s largest distillery. Outgrowing its flagship location on Wadmalaw Island, Firefly Distillery is expanding its operations with its new 25,000 square foot distillery opening in North Charleston in early 2020. Keeping with traditions of history and Southern hospitality, the new distillery offers a place to gather for friends, family, corporate events and weddings. Set under the oaks and surrounded by marsh views, the distillery will be a destination for locals and visitors alike with live music, food trucks, events and a gift shop. Visitors can experience the distillation process first hand with various tours and tastings and purchase Firefly Spirits including the new small batch bourbon and many other distillery specialties.