A friend recommended C.R. as a fun little place that's out of the way, and she was right. It was slow in the bar area when we arrived, and not what I'd call a 'bar scene' where regulars come to hang out & drink on a daily basis. It was quite wholesome and I would not be afraid to bring children here on a short visit. The customers I saw were mostly there to view the distillery and passed in and out pretty quick, like at a shop.
However, on the weekends they have a band, so they must have their busy 'drinking' times too. There was a fire pit outside with seating, and a smoker, off to the side of the building.
We were warmly greeted at the bar and received free samples of different spirits, cheerfully poured, which were distilled, aged & bottled on the premises.The bartender was extremely knowledgeable about their product. I particularly liked the moonshine, which was very like a nice white tequila, and also the flavorful dark rum. The room was clean & cozy, with a few antiques around, but not kitschy.
There is plenty of seating on the sunny front porch (and a dog or two to pet), and also a shady back deck which overlooks the edge of the woods. We lounged around on the porch for an hour in the autumn sun and it was a marvelous way to spend an afternoon.
Tours of the still-room are every 1/2 hour, in the basement of the building. The still area was very small & I was surprised to see just how tiny an operation could support the owners and employees. The tour was brief, informal & interesting. Questions were welcome & the guide was glad to discuss different points of production with my Dad (who was a bootlegger in a Muslim country 40 years ago) as long as he cared to.
They do not serve meals here, but there are 4 or 5 options of Mediterranean style appetizers; I would love to back and enjoy some.
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