Almost 20 years ago, my husband and I began our journey in his small hometown of Opelika, Ala. At the time, this sleepy little town was filled with people who had big dreams to see their little city come back t life.
When we relocated to Florida in 2000, we had no idea we would return 15 years later to call it home yet again for our family. Upon moving back, it was evident those sleepy dreams were becoming a reality. Today, the downtown is filled with gift boutiques, restaurants, live entertainment venues, a brewery and it’s very own distilling company.
John Emerald Distilling Company opened its doors in early 2014, and at the time they were one of the first to open a legal distillery since prohibition. Jimmy and John Sharp, the father and son duo, are the ones responsible for creating the John Emerald brand. They make gin, rum, vodka, brandy and a great single malt. Their single malt was recently featured in the 2016 edition of the Southern Living Food Awards. Their spirits are created in house from scratch with many ingredients brought in from the local area. In addition to distilling spirits, they also operate as a local watering hole and music venue.
Today, you can find John Emerald spirits in Alabama and Georgia. Soon you will be able to find them in select Florida and Mississippi locations. If you aren’t able to find it, don’t fret, you can always order online at www.winefolder.com
One a final note, if you ever get the chance, come visit downtown Opelika; you won’t be disappointed!