HISTORY

In Western North Carolina there is no shortage of mystique surrounding the distillation of spirits. Most stories revolve around the illicit production and distribution of fiery corn whiskey by poor but proud mountaineers. Striving souls battling poverty and existence in a rugged land.

Less is known about the medicinal aspect of the “ancient art of the hills”. The Blue Ridge was not only a difficult terrain but also a therapeutic landscape. Appalachia’s many micro-habitats are home to some 2,500 plant species, of which some 1,100 have been reported to have medicinal properties. Spirits often provided the perfect way of extracting the healing qualities of these plants.

Eda Rhyne Distillery is using the flavors of these regional medicinals to craft truly unique interpretations of traditional herbal liquors and other fine spirits. Our Appalachian Fernet, Amaro Flora, Pinnix Gin and Mountain Nocino use folk knowledge passed down for generations to capture a terroir that honors the land and the people of Southern Appalachia.

About Eda Rhyne

Located in Asheville, NC, Eda Rhyne Distillery is dedicated to producing exceptional small batch spirits that capture the creative, hardworking spirit of Southern Appalachia. We source local heirloom corn and grains that give a uniquely North Carolina flavor to our whiskey.

We also use only responsibility harvested organic botanicals, some grown on Owner/Distiller Rett Murphy’s own Aardvark Farm, some wild crafted from the mountains surrounding Asheville.

  • Eda Ryhne wild crafted in North Carolina

VISION

Eda Rhyne is dedicated to using innovation in distilling and farming techniques to help minimize our environmental impact. Our distilling system recycles all of our processed water and thermal heat. We also reuse our solid organic waste as fertilizer to grow the botanicals used in our distinct spirits.

Wild crafted in western North Carolina

PRODUCTS

A flavor that could only come from Southern Appalachia, Eda Rhyne’s Appalachian Fernet combines an impressive collection of aromatic herbs from Western North Carolina with spices from around the globe to create an evocative and dynamic taste. Its perfect at the bar, the dinner table or the darkest forest coves.

Aromatic, delicious and warming, Eda Rhyne’s limited release Rustic Nocino is made from wildcrafted black walnuts from the forests of Western North Carolina and a blend of proprietary spices that capture a distinct interpretation of this mysterious bittersweet spirit of antiquity.

The earthy bitterness of roots and bark anchor the fresh fragrance of wild flowers in this captivating Amaro. Distinctive and refreshing much like the mountains that inspired its recipe, Eda Rhyne’s Amaro Flora is truly unique. Enjoy over ice or as an innovative addition to your newest cocktail recipe.

PRODUCTS

On a late spring morning in his cabin in Fairview, NC, owner/distiller Chris Bower said to himself, “I’m going to walk out of the back door, into the woods and make a fernet”. He spent the rest of the day harvesting roots, bark, leaves and flowers from the surrounding mountain side to create the rustic genesis of what is now Appalachian Fernet.

Appalachian Fernet

A flavor that could only come from Southern Appalachia, Eda Rhyne’s Appalachian Fernet combines an impressive collection of aromatic herbs from Western North Carolina with spices from around the globe to create an evocative and dynamic taste. Its perfect at the bar, the dinner table or the darkest forest coves.

Eda Rhyne’s Pinnix Gin is named in honor of owner/distiller Rett Murphy’s great grandmother, Alma Pinnix, a brilliant business woman and avid gardener. Alma loved gardening so much that she outgrew her own property and soon started sowing seeds into unused public land around Greensboro, NC. She planted gardens along roadsides, abandoned buildings and forgotten spaces.

Pinnix Gin honors this legacy with bright, clean, botanical flavors that are easy to drink whether in the garden or in your favorite cocktail.

Mountain Nocino

Aromatic, delicious and warming, Eda Rhyne’s limited release Rustic Nocino is made from wildcrafted black walnuts from the forests of Western North Carolina and a blend of proprietary spices that capture a distinct interpretation of this mysterious bittersweet spirit of antiquity.

Starting a new distillery is loads of fun! But when it comes to whiskey things must not be rushed. Stay tuned.

Amaro Flora

The earthy bitterness of roots and bark anchor the fresh fragrance of wild flowers in this captivating Amaro. Distinctive and refreshing much like the mountains that inspired its recipe, Eda Rhyne’s Amaro Flora is truly unique. Enjoy over ice or as an innovative addition to your newest cocktail recipe.

TOURS

Eda Rhyne Distillery is located in the historic Biltmore Village neighborhood of Asheville, which is known for its historic architecture, shopping, craft breweries, restaurants and the legendary Biltmore House.  Eda Rhyne Distillery offers a fun and educational destination for anyone interested in high quality craft spirits. We offer tours focused on the subtle intricacies of distillation, the step by step process of production and tasting of our innovative spirits.

Eda Rhyne also offers private tours for large groups and special events.

CONTACT

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER