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101 in 1001: Tour the Firefly Distillery

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We were recently able to spend a Saturday afternoon visiting Irvin House Vineyards with my parents and sister.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Firefly Distillery

Irvin House Vineyards is located on Wadamalaw Island (about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston). It is the home to a winery and the Firefly Distillery. Firefly gained popularity for being the original sweet tea vodka.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

We visited Irvin House Vineyards on a “Sippin’ Saturday.” That meant that there was a band and food truck set up to make the whole thing seem like a fun party. The weather wasn’t great, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

We started with the liquor tasting. It was $6 per person to taste six liquors from Firefly. There were 24 flavors to choose from, and you got to keep the Firefly shot glass afterwards.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

There were vodkas, bourbon, rums, moonshines, and dessert liquors to choose from.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

My favorite was the apple pie moon shine! Sean really liked that one too so I bought a mason jar full to bring home! He also was raving how smooth their handcrafted vodka was.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

The liquor tasting room was set up as a series of wooden bars around a room. There were six of us so we took up a whole bar! There were hooks to hang your purse (crucial) and little bowls of popcorn for in between tastings. The waitress/bartender was very prompt and knowledgeable about the liquor! We had so much fun.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Next, we did the wine tasting. It was $5 to taste five wines. This was held in the wine storage room with tables and chairs. They played a brief video by the founder of the vineyard while we tasted the wines.

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

All of the wines are Muscadine wine, which is a type of extra-large grape that makes sweet wine. I love sweet drinks so I was in luck!

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

We got to keep our  keepsake wine glasses and grabbed a few bottles of wine to bring home, too!

The vineyard was pretty dead looking, since this was February. I’d love to come back in season when they have big parties in the summer.

There was also a coop with various chickens. They were cute and funny to look at (especially after the liquor tasting!)

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Touring the Firefly Distillery - Charleston Crafted

Irvin House Vineyard is a great place to visit. It was a fun outdoors activity to do with my parents and sister when they were visiting from out of town. I would definitely go back again!

Have you ever been?

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