Burnt Church Distillery starts the holiday season with “barrel tree” lighting


More than 100 people gathered the day after Thanksgiving to witness the first “barrel tree” lighting at Burnt Church Distillery.

A 2.40 meter high Christmas tree made of barrels was illuminated with more than 1,000 lights. The event featured steel drum music by the band Pantasia as well as food and drinks from the distillery.

The distillery also held a raffle to win a barrel. The proceeds, along with a portion of food and drink sales, went to the Vantage Point Foundation. General Manager Chris Crowe said the raffle raised $ 400.

“One of the goals of the distillery when it opened was to get in touch with the community. We wanted to identify and work with local organizations that are helping the community. Vantage Point happened to be our parish partner for December, ”said Crowe.

The Vantage Point Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that helps veterans and their families in South Carolina transition to civilian life.

Crowe said the Burnt Church Distillery also participates in the Watterson Means Good program, a food drive with Pizza Co., Side Hustle Beer Company and Benjamin’s Southern Fried Pies.

People can donate long-life food to these facilities to be distributed to those in need in the community. Participants will receive a voucher for their donation from the company they are donating to. The food promotion started on November 15th and ends on December 31st.

The Burnt Church Distillery was also scheduled to hold an after-party on December 4th after the town of Bluffton Christmas parade.

This is the first year the distillery is hosting barrel tree lighting, and Crowe said they intend to make this an annual event. He said the barrel tree will be on display until January 2nd.

“I think my favorite part was watching people pose for photos in front of the tree, watching people pose together, and seeing the community come together at the start of the season,” said Crowe.


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