‘Moonshine’ maker wants to set up at Broadway at the Beach

dbryant@thesunnews.comApril 30, 2013 

— A Tennessee-based “moonshine” maker wants to start brewing at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.

Ole Smoky Moonshine of Gatlinburg, Tenn., has filed plans with the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board to transform the large “steamship” row of shops at Broadway near Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville into a distillery pumping out its “moonshine” and shop selling the beverages and other items.

The family-owned company has roots as early settlers of the Smoky Mountains and has honed the art of making whiskey, according to the company’s website. The company sells a variety of “moonshine” in canning jars, including apple pie moonshine and white lightning.

The whiskey is made from corn that is transported to the family’s mill to be ground, according to the company’s website. Folks can see the grains converted into the clear corn liquor at the distillery in Tennessee, the website says.

Company representatives could not be reached this week. It’s unclear when the distillery and shop plan to open.

South Carolina has seen an increase in micro distilleries popping up since the state added provisions for them in 2009, including tastings and retail sales, according to Samantha Cheek, spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue, which issues the alcohol licenses.

Several distilleries have opened, including Dark Corner Distillery in Greenville and Palmetto Moonshine Distillery in Anderson. As of Tuesday afternoon, the state Department of Revenue hasn’t yet received an application under the name “Ole Smoky Moonshine,” Cheek said.

Ole Smoky says on its website that it is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of east Tennessee.

Ole Smoky wants to transform the “steamship” segment of shops at Broadway at the Beach into a rustic-looking distillery.

The Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board, which must sign off on building exteriors, signs and landscaping of new development, will consider the proposed facade changes during its meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Services Building, 921 Oak St.

Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which owns Broadway at the Beach, declined to comment, saying it was a contractual matter.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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