Burnt Church Distillery


120 Bluffton Rd
Bluffton, SC 29910, USA
Burnt Church Distillery
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About Burnt Church Distillery

When you think of the Lowcountry of South Carolina, you might think of golf, fishing, sandy beaches, and local seafood (especially the local favorite Lowcountry Boil). Now, thanks to the Watterson brothers, whiskey and cocktail lovers have another experience to enjoy, with introduction of Burnt Church Distillery in Bluffton. The first thing travel planners may notice is the unique and mysterious name of this distillery. No, the distillery wasn't built in a historic burned out church, it is beautiful modern facility. But it will definitely give you a feeling like you've stepped into a cathedral of whiskey. 

The historic theme hits you immediately when you enter the building. To the left is a room filled with history and stories from Bluffton and the surrounding community. Much of this history was gathered by local historian Melanie Marks, who also researched the origins of the name Burnt Church - a story you're sure to hear on your tour. You will also get insights into the distillery's production process, with a special focus on the distillery's commitment to using locally sourced grains for unique spirits such as their six-grain bourbon and rice whiskey. The second half of the 90 minute tour includes a walk-through of complimentary tasting of four distillery expressions.

For those wanting to go even deeper, Burnt Church features mixology classes, crafted cocktails, and meals featuring local partnerships and ingredients. The distillery's gift shop offers branded items and spirits for purchase, as well as non-alcoholic cocktail ingredients. With its focus on local history, community support, and innovative spirits, Burnt Church Distillery is an excellent destination for whiskey and spirits lovers making their way to the Lowcountry and Hilton Head.

Listen For/Watch For

During your tour, make sure to listen for the story behind the creation and installation of the beautiful stained glass window that is a focal point on the back wall of the main section of the building, or ask about it. It's one of those serendipitous stories that demonstrates how sometimes things a just meant to happen.

2024 Tasting Experience

Burnt Church features a diverse lineup of spirits including Anita's Choice six-grain Bourbon, Palmer's Stretch Rye, and Bluffton Whiskey made from rice. All three are platinum award winners from Fred Minnick's 2024 Ascot Awards, with Bluffton taking home double platinum honors as the best rice whiskey. They also have cinnamon flavored whiskey, Bourbon cream, moonshine, vodka, gin, canned cocktails, and a non-alcoholic spirit. Visitors get their choice of four spirits at the conculsion of their tour.

Getting There

Burnt Chuch Distillery is an easy drive from I-95. The most popular exit US-278 East (Exit 8) to Hilton Head Island. From there it is a 15 minute drive into Bluffton. Turn right on state road 46 (Bluffton Road) and travel about 1.25 miles. The distillery is on your right, with ample parking. Note: the distillery is not on Burnt Church Road.

Tour Schedule

Tours run Wednesday through Saturday at noon, 2 PM and 4 PM. Reservations are suggested to guarantee your spot.

Side Trips

  • Old Town Bluffton: Explore the quaint streets of Bluffton's historic district, filled with art galleries, boutique shops, and restaurants. Check out, The Bank, a charming beer garden and restaurant that is housed in a renovated bank building, The Bank offers a unique dining experience, craft beers, a cozy atmosphere and outdoor seating area.
  • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge: This wildlife refuge is located between Hilton Head Island and the mainland. It offers miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing.

Drew's Top 3 Reasons to Visit

  1. Talk about a cathedral of Bourbon. Burnt Church is an absolutely stunning distillery. When you share your visit on your favorite social media platform, prepare to be asked what distillery that is in your photo.
  2. The Burnt Church focus on local grains is yielding some very interesting spirits. Not only are they using locally grown Carolina Gold rice for their whiskey, they are also developing a new make called Cornbread Red, made from local Jimmy Red Corn. However, this will only be available in limited quantities at the distillery.
  3. It always feels great to support a business that gives back to their local community. Part of every purchase at the distillery goes into the Lowcountry Legacy Fund to help level the playing field for local under-served Black communities.

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