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Burnt Church Distillery Launching Beaufort County Operations

Burnt Church Distillery logo.
January 25, 2019

Columbia, S.C. – Burnt Church Distillery, a locally-run distillery based out of Bluffton, S.C., is launching new operations in Beaufort County. The company’s $7.7 million investment is projected to create approximately 27 new manufacturing jobs.

Burnt Church Distillery will be a 20,000-square-foot distillery which includes a 7,000-square-foot space for tastings, events, merchandise and displays of historical research. The site will also include a 5,000-square-foot rack house for the storage of aging whiskey barrels. 

Located at 120 Bluffton Road in Bluffton, S.C., the company’s new production facility is projected to come online in early 2020. Hiring for the new positions is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2020, and interested applicants should contact swatterson@burntchurchdistillery.comfor more information. 


“Burnt Church Distillery and its founders, Sean and Billy Watterson, are incredibly proud to call Bluffton, S.C. home. Burnt Church Distillery, inspired by the mystery of Burnt Church Road, will showcase the rich culture of Bluffton and the Lowcountry. The vibe of Bluffton is contagious. It’s our hope that we can capture this “state of mind” through our architectural interpretation, displays of historical research and colorful stories associated with our brands of whiskey, vodka, gin and moonshine. We are the ‘Spirit of the Lowcountry.’” –Burnt Church Distillery Owner Billy Watterson 

“Announcements like this one are further proof that our pro-business climate is paying off. We’re happy to have Burnt Church Distillery join the Team South Carolina business community, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Beaufort County.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina has consistently shown that it is the right place for companies to do business, and this is especially evident in our burgeoning craft brewing and distilling sector. We welcome Burnt Church Distillery’s new operations in Beaufort County, and we look forward to seeing them thrive for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“On behalf of Beaufort County, we would like to extend a warm, Lowcountry welcome to Burnt Church Distillery and look forward to supporting them for years to come. We are grateful for their investment in our community and the jobs they will create. We are also grateful for the S.C. Department of Commerce for its work on this project and their dedication to bringing business to Beaufort County.” –Beaufort County Council Chairman Stu Rodman

“We are thrilled to see that Burnt Church Distillery is investing in our community. Burnt Church Distillery’s commitment to sourcing South Carolina products and its efforts to include social responsibility at the top of their organization’s priorities make them a good fit for Bluffton. Additionally, I’d like to thank our partners at the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation for their part in this project, as well as the assistance they provide to companies and investors interested in our area.” –Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka