Burnt Church Distillery announces grand opening

Burnt Church Distillery building

Three years in the making, Burnt Church Distillery has been brought to life by two brothers, Billy and Sean Watterson, with a desire to carefully craft authentic Lowcountry spirits.

Billy and Sean Watterson, founders of Burnt Church Distillery

The team has announced the grand opening of the distillery, revealing the mystery behind Burnt Church Road in Bluffton, South Carolina.

The 25,000 square-foot whiskey distillery will open its doors to the public on Friday, March 5, 2021. Titled the Grand Opening Celebration, the event will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am, followed by ticket-required tours and tastings that run from 11am to 7pm.

The tour will uncover the distillery campus which includes a 7,000 square-foot tasting room, an on-site manufacturing facility, gift shop, humidor, and history room. Attendees will also be able to sample the craft whiskeys, gin, vodka, flavored moonshines, and craft cocktails that were all inspired by the local area.

Located at 120 Bluffton Road, Burnt Church Distillery has been undergoing construction since May 2019, and is an estimated $13M project. The distillery stands to make a positive impact on the community by creating over 40 full-time and 20 part-time jobs, as well as drawing significant tourist activity. A historical book revealing the mystery of how Burnt Church Road was named, will also be available for purchase.

“The good news is we solved the Burnt Church Road mystery,” Billy said. “And it’s like nothing anyone’s heard before.”

Each brand has a unique story to tell, bringing the spirit of the past to the present.

“I am thrilled to share with everyone our interesting flavor profiles that we’ve worked so long and diligently on,” said Sean. “I’m equally as excited, and hope, that everyone will also join us in our ongoing journey of creating new and unique spirits for the future.”

In addition to the seventeen uniquely crafted spirits, the brothers also created a non-alcoholic spirit, Amethyst, for those who choose not to drink.

“When we discovered that twenty percent of visitors would not do a tasting,” Billy acknowledged, “it ignited a second vision for us. To create a non-alcoholic spirit as a unique alternative specially crafted for those who have made the choice not to drink.”

From the architectural design to site planning, commercial contracting, landscaping, branding and marketing, the end result is a testament to what local hearts, hands, and minds can accomplish together. As a Watterson Brands company, Burnt Church Distillery is passionate about giving back. With this in mind, they created the Lowcountry Legacy Fund at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to support programs that build infrastructure, expand education opportunities, and achieve economic equity in the local Black community.

To accomplish this, $.50 of every purchase will be allocated to this fund. Customers will have the opportunity to participate in these efforts as well by rounding up their purchases.

The team at Burnt Church Distillery

Burnt Church Distillery also recognizes and applauds the many local non-profit organizations already doing great work in our community. In support of these efforts, the distillery plans to donate 5 per cent of monthly revenue from memberships and public events to pre-selected charities.

“I am elated to be a part of such an amazing project, opportunity, and team,” said director of events & memberships Tiffany Lucca. “With over 10 years of design experience, I can envision Burnt Church Distillery coming to life for your special event. I can confidently say, it will surely take your breath away.”

Tickets to the Grand Opening are available to purchase at and will be sold in incremental time slots.

In addition to tastings and tours, Burnt Church Distillery also offers exclusive membership opportunities for those interested in a premium experience.

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