Blue Blaze Soda & Syrup Co.

On the Appalachian Trail, blue blazes lead to a water source. Jackson Anderson wanted his soda syrups to be the path you choose for refreshment, so he chose Blue Blaze Soda & Syrup Co as the name for his Asheville-based venture.

April 30, 2014 by Nicole Bogas

White Whale Cocktail Mixers

Every cocktail enthusiast loves to nail a complicated new recipe whether that may involve infusing simple syrups, acquiring heirloom citrus, or burning cinnamon sticks with a blowtorch. The folks at White Whale realize you don't always have time for all that, so they created three signature cocktail mixers featuring high-quality ingredients -- organic when possible -- some exotic, some grown close to home -- but always well-balanced, delicious, and easy to prepare.

April 27, 2014 by Nicole Bogas

Crude Bitters

Craig Rudewicz was an avid cocktail enthusiast in Raleigh when he realized that New York and the west coast had the monopoly on bitters and that North Carolina was left without. No more! Craig started Crude Bitters and Sodas in 2012 as the first (and currently only) bitters company in NC.

April 13, 2014 by Nicole Bogas