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Page Curated by Katrina M Randall

From brews to wine, Southern Appalachia is a region rich in beverage culture that is as diverse as it is palatable. Whether visiting a winery, distillery, or brewery, mountain spirits play a significant role in the region's agriculture, history, and enjoyment of life.

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Moonshining in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

by Katrina M. Randall

Southern Appalachia’s moonshining history is storied. Old timers can talk back on the days when their grandaddies were distilling in the back rooms of businesses and under the noses of the law. Today, however, it’s perfectly legal and a growing industry in the region, sparking a new generation of moonshine that can be distilled with variety and finesse. Those fond of moonshine now have options, so when visiting the tri-state region of Southern Appalachia, or when you just get a knackering for the hard stuff, here’s a selection of distilleries to visit:

Southern Appalachia is Rich in Local Brews

by Katrina M. Randall

Much like Southern Appalachia is rich in scenic sites, quaint towns, and culture, it has over the years become home to a number of craft beers and breweries. As BlueRidgeOutdoors.com noted, in Southern Appalachia, “craft beer has become as ubiquitous as singletrack.”

There are much too many to list, so we checked in with Beer Advocate’s top rated beers to name a few of the regional favorites.

Southern Appalachia Reclaims Wine Country

by Katrina M. Randall

In the 2012 song, Appalachian Wine by EleventySeven, Father Time falls in love with Mother Earth all because of Appalachian wine. While it’s certain Southern Appalachia wine wasn’t the spark that created civilization, winemakers today are re-establishing the region as a verifiable wine country.

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Classic Lime Cuban Diquiri

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Straight from the pages of time, this classic Cuban drink is refreshing and fun.

Maple Bacon Manhattan

Did you say bacon?

If you love bacon, then this maple bacon version of a classic Manhattan is for you.

Watermelon Mimosa

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A refreshing spring and summer drink sure to make you smile.

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The Crossroad of Past and Present

Part I

by Melissa Detto

Jenna breathed deeply, her nostrils filling with the sweet spring scents entering the open car windows. But her mood remained sour. “Still no service,” she said, gripping the steering wheel tighter and nodding to her phone.

Her aunt Margaret, a petite woman who wore her reddish-gold hair in a short bob, curved her lips up. “Try to relax, dear.”