Old Nick takes another step in return to glorious past

Old Nick Williams in Lewisville, North Carolina, was once an industry stalwart.

Until Prohibition.

First established in 1768, the distillery is prepared to return to prominence. Old Nick will celebrate its reopening Saturday, June 17, with music, an oyster roast and whiskey tastings. The new site is about 60 miles to the east of the original distillery.

“Our products are old family recipes and are produced with local quality grains with the same love and craftsmanship like our family has done for hundreds of years,” the distillery’s Zeb Williams told me in an interview for “Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State.” 

The book recounts the history of North Carolina spirits and offers readers a glimpse into more than 30 of the state’s operating distilleries.

Old Nick’s Carolina Whiskey has been on ABC shelves for some time, produced on a contract basis by Foothills Distillery in Concord.

The oyster roast starts around noon, for an additional fee. The music begins at 1 with Sarah Sophia, followed by Susanna Macfarlane Lee, Sam Foster and W. Kiley Smith. The event is also a fundraiser for The Forsyth K9 Unit and the Forsyth Humane Society.

Tours begin at 11:15 a.m., and each ticket includes a tasting and a shot glass.

— John Trump