OUR STORY

ABOUT

Olde Raleigh Distillery

Our distillery’s mission is to simply make some damn good bourbon. With a laser focus on the art of blending and distilling spirits, our attention to detail is noticeable in every drop of our small-batch blends. This same attentiveness has guided the complete renovation of an abandoned 10,000-square-foot brick building in Zebulon, North Carolina for our family-owned distillery, tasting room and event space.

 

Pull up a seat and get ready to raise a glass — we’re gunning to aim a spotlight on the Triangle region as a new destination for bourbon.

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Meet the Man Behind the Bourbon

Our Distiller & Master Blender

Brandon McCraney has spent years immersing himself in the spirits industry to dissect the world of whiskey. As Blender, he hand-selects and harvests each barrel to create our distinct and flavorful small-batch spirits. As Distiller, he oversees the creation of our house-made heirloom bourbon, one of our future releases, using a process known as élevage to age and infuse a depth of flavors. When not working on the stills or sampling barrels, he leads Olde Raleigh’s workshops and Whiskey Master Classes.

 

Brandon’s role extends beyond the walls of the distillery, to foster partnerships with local farmers and introduce heirloom grains in the heart of Old Tobacco country. As a Raleigh resident, he aims to build a meaningful brand that gives back to the community he loves. The goal is to showcase the positive environmental and economic impacts distilleries contribute from farm to glass.

 

This desire to have a broad impact stemmed from his experience as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served for four years. Brandon’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and Master’s Degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. He is a certified Executive Bourbon Steward, Whiskey Sommelier, and has industry affiliations with Moonshine University, the American Distilling Institute and the U.K.’s Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

 

As the sole owner and operator, Brandon has his sights set on making his family name one to be reckoned with in the craft whiskey world.

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Our Flagship Brand

A robust, flavorful bourbon blend with old traditions.

 

Olde Raleigh Whiskey Society is a signature blended small-batch bourbon unlike anything on the market. Using 19th century Scottish blending traditions, it’s a tour across America, with hand-picked ingredients from coast to coast. The well-rounded mouth feel boasts notes of cinnamon spice, apple, sweet vanilla bean, caramel and a finish of subtle oak undertones.

The Process

The details behind the Olde Raleigh Whiskey Society make for a truly unique expression. Our signature blend features three bourbons sourced from both sides of the U.S., using four total grains — barley, corn rye and wheat – and aged across five different states. Once the barrels are ready for harvest, our Master Blender uses traditional blending techniques right here in North Carolina to create a distinct and complex whiskey.

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The Bottle

Our unique bottle illustrates the same thoughtfulness and complexity as the liquid put inside. The more you look at it, the more hidden intricacies you’ll find.

 

To start, the long bottleneck shape is not just for looks. The bottle was designed as a glass decanter that, once emptied, serves as a memento that can be repurposed to elegantly store and serve other spirits. With a closer look, you’ll find a coin attached to the wood bottle topper in homage to the Master Blender’s days in the Air Force, where challenge coins were presented for outstanding performance. Turn over the bottle and you’ll also find the Olde Raleigh Whiskey Society logo molded to the bottom of the glass. Keep looking, the details don’t stop there.

Other Spirits

Olde Raleigh Distillery is also creating a line of small-batch vodka and gin. Known as Century Club, the line uses the same thoughtful attention to detail as our whiskeys and will be house-made and available in our tasting room. Stay tuned for more launch updates!