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High Wire Distilling opens on King Street

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High Wire Distilling, Charleston's first artisanal craft distillery, has opened shop on King Street right next to Butcher & Bee. High Wire Distilling, Charleston's first artisanal craft distillery, has opened shop on King Street right next to Butcher & Bee.
Downtown Charleston welcomed a new distillery Thursday afternoon. Downtown Charleston welcomed a new distillery Thursday afternoon.
Downtown Charleston welcomed a new distillery Thursday afternoon. Downtown Charleston welcomed a new distillery Thursday afternoon.
CHARLESTON, SC -

Downtown Charleston is welcoming a new distillery Thursday afternoon.

High Wire Distilling, Charleston's first artisanal craft distillery, has opened shop on King Street right next to Butcher & Bee.

Scott Blackwell, the owner of Hire Wire Distilling, said he was glad to finally open up shop and is ready to show and teach others about what he has learned.

"It has been several months in the works. We took over a new building and remodeled it," Blackwell said. "We then had to bring in equipment from Germany and basically learn a lot about the process."

As of right now, High Wire is selling just two different brands of liquor, a vodka and a white rum, but Blackwell already looking to expand his distillery into making gin, whiskey and an aged rum.

"Everything is done in small batches, about 500 gallons per batch," Blackwell said. "We are starting with a better raw ingredient. We are spending more money on a quality ingredient to get things started, because our theory is you don't have to work so hard doctoring something up if you haven't used inferior things to start with."

This is Blackwell's first time owning and running a distillery, but not his first time in the food and drink business. Prior to this he owned and operated a bakery business, a coffee business and a restaurant. But he said the love of brewing his own beer turned him on to liquor distilling.

"Home brewing beer originally and just the whole science behind that, was very interesting to me," Blackwell said. "It is a new craft business that is emerging into the United States and that was exciting to me that we could possibly bring something new into the game that hadn't been done before."

Blackwell said picking the location of the distillery was the most important thing for him when he decided to open up his business in Charleston, saying he wanted to be a part of the growing downtown community.

"We picked this location on purpose. It was more expensive, but we felt like we wanted to be in the city limits," Blackwell said. "And two, we wanted to be a part of the community personally. We live downtown, we wanted to be able to ride our bike to work and just be in the community."

The distillery will offer tours on the hour every hour from 1:00pm-5:00pm Thursday through Sunday. During the tour, guests will learn about the distilling process and see the still, mash tun, fermentation tanks, barrel aging, and bottling operations in action.

The tour itself costs $8 per person and comes with three complimentary half ounce tastings; tours are $5 per person for anyone under 21 or those who do not want any samples

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