Burnt Church Distillery Kicks off Holiday Season with Barrel Tree Lighting

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

A 9-foot Christmas tree made of barrels was lit with over 1,000 lights. The event featured steel drum music from the Pantasia group and food and drink from the distillery.

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

“One of the goals of the distillery, when it first opened, was to engage with the community. We wanted to identify and partner with local organizations that help the community. Vantage Point has proven to be our community partner. for December, ”Crowe said.

The Vantage Point Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps South Carolina veterans and their families transition to civilian life.

Crowe said the Burnt Church Distillery is also participating 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 non-perishable food to these establishments which will be distributed to needy people in the community. Participants will receive a coupon for their donation from the company to which they are donating. The food drive started on November 15 and will end on December 31.

The Burnt Church Distillery was also scheduled to host an after-party on December 4 following the Bluffton Town Christmas Parade.

This is the first year that the distillery has hosted a barrel lighting and Crowe has said he intends to make it an annual event. He said the barrel tree will be on display until January 2.

“I think what I liked the most was seeing people posing for photos in front of the tree, seeing people posing together and being able to see the community come together to kick off. season, ”Crowe said.

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