Red Eagle Distillery perches atop a low rise looking across a grape field to its sister site, South River Vineyards. Painted bright red with sharp black trim, the renovated 1880s barn is hard to miss. And you shouldn’t try. Starting in spring 2013, the distillery will begin serving its bourbon and rye made from non-GMO corn and locally grown grain.
The distillery kept the country atmosphere outdoors and in. A single large room evokes the feeling of lounging in your grandfather’s barn on a summer day, all faded wood and antique farm equipment. Choose from a generous selection of whiskeys and ryes at the bar running the length of the room. During the Ice Wine Tour, guests sampled martinis made with local blush ice wine and bourbon whiskey. For now, that’s about it. The simple, stripped-down spot is a tribute to old-fashioned liquor, not a restaurant or event-filled venue. The only attraction—besides the bourbon—is the gorgeous copper still popping up through the floor like an ancient deep-sea diver surfacing in the ocean.