Podcast 50: Brandon McCraney, Founder of Olde Raleigh Distillery

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Brandon McCraney is the owner, operator, and master blender at Olde Raleigh Distillery in Zebulon with a focus on the art of blending and distilling spirits, and he’s been on a mission to make damn good whiskey since its establishment in 2017.

In this episode Brandon shares the differences between whiskey and bourbon, the many challenges he faced getting off the ground, the process of blending, what makes Olde Raleigh different from other distilleries, why he chose Zebulon and the community response, and much more!


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  • Bourbon vs Whiskey
  • Challenges he faced getting the distillery off the ground
  • How his military background helped him stay the course.
  • The process of blending spirits
  • How to know what flavor profiles go well together.
  • Where he sources his barrels, and why they are important.
  • What makes Olde Raleigh different from other distilleries!
  • How to taste test bourbon
  • Different ways to drink it.
  • Why he opened in Zebulon, and the community response.
  • The different aspects of his distillery and what you can do there.
  • And much more!


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