This North Carolina compound will be your favorite libation destination

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If you’re looking for a perfect day trip where you can sample North Carolina spirits, mead, cider and wine in a one-stop location – make the drive out to the Chatham Beverage District in Pittsboro. This quaint compound is tucked away down a path that leads to an afternoon of libation exploration.

Here you’ll find Fair Game Beverage Company, Starrlight Mead and Chatham Cider Works. We’re hoping for a brewery to come – which will really round out the experience here, but you have a handful of options that are suitable for almost anyone. Take a look inside Oak City Hemp if you’re into all-hemp extracted products, which are 100 percent legal. There you can purchase pre-rolled hemp pipes, hemp oils and hemp to be used in teas and everyday cooking.

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FAIR GAME BEVERAGE COMPANY

In the heart of the beverage district you’ll find Fair Game Beverage Company. There you can sample wine, cider, spirts and sip on handcrafted cocktails. Fair game features around 7 different types of flights/tastings that will satisfy just about anyone. If you love spirits, try Fair Games flight which includes its Agricole Rum, Amber Rum, Apply Brandy and Flying Pepper Vodka. Flights cost $6 and include a Fair Game logo glass.

Fair Game also features a large selection of North Carolina specialty food products – great for yourself or as gifts for family and friends. There you’ll find chocolates, mustards, candies, coffee and so much more.

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One thing we really love about Fair Game Beverage Company is their selection of North Carolina wines available to sample. We’re big advocates for the NC wine industry, and here you can dip your toes into some of what the state has to offer. Explore wines from wineries such as Piccione Vineyards, Laurel Gray Vineyards, Cypress Bend Vineyards and Cloer Family Vineyards.

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STARRLIGHT MEAD

It all started back in 2006 when owners Ben and Becky Starr entered a homemade mead in the International Mead Association’s Mead Festival in Colorado. Winning “Best in Show” for their mead in a competition against 211 other entries — the rest is history. Opening Starrlight Mead in 2010 the Starr’s have been making a variety of mead flavors, and picking up awards along the way.

Check out our interview with Starrlight Mead’s co-owner, Ben Starr!

Stop by and try a tasting and see where your taste lies in mead. Do you like fruit meads which might include pear, blackberry, peach or cranberry? Or maybe some herb-infused meads such as lemon balm, chamomile, lavender or sage. If you’re looking for more obscure drinks, don’t worry, they have you covered. How about a pomegranate pink peppercorn mead, or a Honeyed ‘Jitos (which tastes just like drinking a Mojito).

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CHATHAM CIDER WORKS

Chatham Cider Works makes small-batch hard cider using apples from local growers. To take a tour, reach out to the cidery prior to your arrival by email, to see if tours are available that day. If you want to do a tasting of the ciders, you can do so by going next door to Fair Game Beverage Company. Some of its ciders include the 2017 Highway 64, First Flight and Carolina Crisp ciders.

Check out our interview with co-owner and cider maker Maureen Ahmad!

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It’s easy to spend part of an afternoon at the Chatham Beverage District sampling a slew of spirits, wines, ciders and mead. The compound came close to getting a brewery, which eventually picked a location in Graham. And rumor has it that in the near future you’ll be able to sample spirits from Chapel Hills TOPO Organic Spirits, as it has plans to move into one of the units at the compound. Once they move in, one can sample whisky, vodka and gins.

If you’re looking to check out a brand new winery that’s doing some good dry, vinifera-style wines, you might want to take the 12 mile trek into Siler City and check out FireClay Cellars. Only open on weekends, they’re a great stop to add to your beverage consumption for the afternoon.