Atlanta whiskey producer ASW Distillery opens a third location this spring at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, the home of Braves baseball. The new 3,500-square-foot operation, located at the corner of Legends Place and Battery Avenue, includes a tasting room and still house production facility. ASW also begins distilling a new vodka and gin from its Battery location.
As with the Armour Drive and West End outposts, ASW at the Battery will offer distillery tours, whiskey tastings, and cocktails in the tasting room.
“The Atlanta Braves have been such an integral part of Georgia history for over fifty years. The state has likewise been home to a rich tradition in whiskey-making that we’ve been excited to help revive,” ASW CEO Jim Chasteen says in the press release.
Chasteen and longtime friend and fellow University of Georgia alum Charlie Thompson began producing spirits together in 2011. ASW became the first whiskey distillery in the city of Atlanta since Prohibition when it opened nearly five years ago along Armour Drive.
The distillery now produces a selection of whiskeys, bourbons, and a single malt from its flagship Armour Drive facility, run by master distiller Justin Manglitz. ASW’s custom-built, dual Vendome copper pot system includes transparent U tubes encased in glass, which allows Manglitz to see the distillate flowing from the condenser.
The system was built specifically for ASW and has since been replicated by other distilleries around the country — one being Jim Beam.
Chasteen and Thompson opened ASW Whiskey Exchange last year at the Lee and White complex off of the Westside Beltline in West End. That location functions mainly as an unconditioned rickhouse (whiskey storage, aging warehouse.) Chasteen told Eater Atlanta in 2018, the West End facility affords them flexibility with aging and finishing whiskeys. For instance, some barrels age similarly to those found in Scotland (not exposed to extreme temperature swings,) while others age like barrels found at Tennessee and Kentucky distilleries.
In addition to barrel storage, ASW-West End acts as a second blending and bottling facility and includes a tasting room with cocktails.