Tucked into an old warehouse off of Huger Street you'll find Copper Horse Distilling, Columbia's first and only legally operating liquor distillery.
Since its opening six months ago owner Richard Baker has been crafting small batch spirits by hand using only Certified South Carolina grown grains from Columbia's historic Adluh Flour Mill. Richard does it all by himself and says it's important to use local ingredients to produce a quality product.
"To be an artisan product, you need to source your products locally. If you're buying your product from far away you're no different than any other distillery," says Baker.
The signature spirit of Copper Horse is Old Mill Vodka, named in honor of the mill where Richard buys his grain. Richard wanted to try something different to make this vodka stand out from other similar spirits.
"The approach we took was to not charcoal filter the vodka which really lets the natural flavors of the grains emerge," Baker says. "This gives Old Mill a much heavier nose and a different taste from other vodkas."