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 Celebrating Distilleries in North Carolina Since 2013

The Distillers Association of North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that operates exclusively for the mutual benefit of its members. Our main objective is to promote and champion the common business and regulatory interests of the North Carolina craft distilling industry. Through our coordination and efforts, we work tirelessly to ensure the success, growth, and preservation of our members - and our rich history of distilling in our beloved state.


Our Commitment To You - From Grain to glass


DANC is deeply committed to the success and growth of local North Carolina distilleries. From providing industry knowledge and resources to fostering collaborations among our members, we are here every step of the way.


By joining DANC, you become part of a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for craft spirits. We believe in collaboration over competition and work together to promote the rich heritage, innovation, and craftsmanship that make North Carolina's distilling industry exceptional.


Whether a new distillery or an established one, DANC offers a range of benefits and support tailored to your needs. From marketing assistance and educational workshops to legislative advocacy and networking opportunities, we are here to help you thrive in this dynamic industry. Let us be the voice of your story.

Distilleries Join Our Community

If you're a distillery located in North Carolina we invite you to Join DANC. Together, we can raise a glass and celebrate the incredible flavors that our state has to offer. By becoming a member of the Distillers Association of North Carolina, you can access a wealth of resources, networking opportunities, and industry expertise.

Our Associate Membership is open to all individuals and businesses involved in or passionate about the craft distilling industry. Scroll down one more slide to learn more Today!


Distillery Members Have Access to:
  • Networking opportunities with other local distilleries, industry professionals, and enthusiasts.

    Access to educational resources, workshops, and seminars conducted by industry experts.

  • Promotion and exposure for your distillery through our marketing channels.

  • Advocacy and representation at local and state levels for issues affecting our industry.
  • Discounted rates for events, conferences, and trade shows organized by the association..
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other members on innovative projects and initiatives.
  • Discounted benefit programs for your employees (Employee Assistance Programs, Telehealth, Workers Compensation Insurance, 401(K) plan, and Individual Health Reimbursement Accounts).
  • Grant funding for International Tradeshows organized by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Become an Associate Member Today!

The Distillers Association of North Carolina is a non-profit organization, classified as a 501(c)6, that is dedicated to enhancing the regulatory, legislative, and promotional landscapes for the craft distilling industry in North Carolina.

Be a be a part of North Carolina’s growing craft spirits industry as an Associate Member of the Distillers Association of North Carolina (DANC). Our industry is eager for new and effective service providers and vendors for advancing their business needs. The DANC Associate Membership is an effective way to get your business in front of our growing constituency.


Associate Members Have Access To:
  • Eligible members would include companies, vendors, or suppliers who support the craft distilling industry, as well as individuals, partnerships, corporations, or trade associations in allied industries or endeavors that share a common interest with the NC craft spirits community.
  • Business contact listing on
  • Customized introductions upon request to member distilleries for business development opportunities.
  • Database of all current Principal (distillery) members.
  • Invitations to attend DANC events
  • Partnership opportunities for DANC meetings and special events.
  • Presentation opportunities at membership meetings.
  • DANC e-blasts/newsletters providing information of interest regarding our craft distilling industry.

Board Members, officers & Executive Director

Leah Howard

Cultivated Cocktails Distillery

Bruce Tyler

Weldon Mills Distillery

Ashlee Ellis

Old Nick Williams Co.

Rhonda Glass

End of Days Distillery

Chad Slagle

Two Trees Distillery

Shannon Childress

Bogue Sound Distillery

Matt Simpkins

Oaklore Distillery

Jeremy Hood

Executive Director
Asheville, NC


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