Written by Bill Kopp | Photos by Evan Anderson
Eda Rhyne Distillery’s Chris Bower and Rett Murphy’s unique approach to making spirits is catching on well beyond just die-hard liquor and craft cocktail nerds.
If you want to launch a distillery, it’s helpful to have amassed a small fortune before you start. It also helps to be a little crazy. Chris Bower and Rett Murphy got into the business without the benefit of the former. But there’s a strong case to be made that the latter applies to this pair of Western North Carolina entrepreneurs. You’d have to be crazy to work in an industry that’s heavily regulated at every level—federal state and local—and that presents a nearly endless series of barriers to success. But Bower and Murphy seem to take it all in with good-natured (yet clear-eyed) optimism.
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