Mixing Spirits, History, and Community at Burnt Church Distillery

Burnt Church Distillery

If you’re looking for a place where drinking fine spirits makes you feel good about making a difference in the world, Burnt Church Distillery is for you! 

Burnt Church Distillery Stained Glass Bluffton
Photo credit: Laurel Herter Design

This is an amazing place to get together, drink authentic local spirits, engage with history, and help shape a brighter future. Sounds like a tall order, but BCD delivers! 

Brothers Billy and Sean Watterson opened this unique distillery out of a love for the Lowcountry with all its beauty and hospitality. 

Naming the distillery after the well-known Burnt Church Road in Old Town Bluffton, Billy and Sean make the most of this connection to the town and its history… and its mysteries. They even took on a research project and had a book written about local history and the truth behind how Burnt Church Road got its name. 

At Burnt Church Distillery every fine, quality spirit they create has its own story to tell–just like the road, the town, the Lowcountry itself. Crafted for the discerning palate, the drinks here also engage the mind, with names that draw you down the road of history. 

  • Devil’s Elbow Gin recalls the 1718 land grant where the little town of Bluffton grew. 

  • Anita’s Choice Bourbon Whiskey honors a Lowcountry women’s rights pioneer. 

  • Palmer’s Stretch Rye Whiskey highlights a time when Burnt Church Road was still named after black businessman George Bell Palmer, and horses raced there every Thanksgiving.

In addition to the well-crafted, authentic Lowcountry spirits, Burnt Church Distillery has even more to offer.

The campus has five distinctive spaces, both indoors and outdoors, available to rent for special gatherings. From a small, intimate get-together in The Vestry to a large event complete with entertainment and food trucks at Palmer’s Stretch, your event is in good hands here.

Private tours and tastings, limited memberships, and brand merchandise invite you deeper into the vision and mission of this distillery that aims to make an impact through its focus on history and community.

Burnt Church Distillery is a business with a heart, as illustrated by their guiding value of helping people and the planet, along with making a profit. So when you buy from them, part of each sale goes to something much bigger than an exceptional drink or a fun event. 

BCD helps people by contributing to the Lowcountry Legacy Fund along with a different local charity each month. They help the planet through recycling and upcycling, including sending their spent grain to Whippoorwill Farms to help feed the hogs.

When you raise a glass at Burnt Church Distillery, you please your palate with fine-crafted spirits, your mind with fascinating tales of history, and your heart with the satisfaction that your small act is making a difference. 

Does it get any better than that?

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120 Bluffton Road
Bluffton, SC 29910

Monday-Saturday 11 am – 7 pm


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