About Olde Raleigh Distillery

Olde Raleigh Distillery is on a mission to simply make unforgettable and damn good whiskey. 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 bourbon blends.


Find us located in downtown Zebulon, NC, in an abandoned 10,000-square-foot brick building that we hand crafted with the same passion we do our whiskey. Our venue is a family-owned and operated distillery, tasting room and popular event space in The Triangle. We want to share our passion with you. Visit us today to taste our unique blend or book a tour to explore the art of making whiskey.

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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.

Our Passion and Our Bourbon

Olde Raleigh Distillery is on a mission to make world-class bourbon through our passion and our process.