Fair Game Beverage Co. Brings Home Gold, Silver and Bronze at Asheville Food and Wine Show
One of North Carolina’s most unique new wineries swept the annual wine competition at the Asheville Food and Wine Festival this year, bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals for three of its wines.
Fair Game’s Ferris, a Port Style red wine, took home a gold while the Tipper Scuppernong secured the silver. One of Fair Game’s most popular wines, Peach Tipper, was awarded with a bronze in the highly competitive fruit wine category.
Says Chris Jude, Fair Game’s Head Distiller, of the big win, “It feels great to have this critical recognition of our wines. We’ve already seen talented bartenders from across the state find creative and delicious uses for our wines, and having this recognition from Asheville Wine and Food is really special. A toast to all the folks back home who have made it possible for us to put out a superior product while staying true to our values as a socially and environmentally responsible local business.”
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sat, Sep 19, 5pm) with an evening of live music, food trucks, an interactive handmade pirate ship, and plenty of grog to go around. The plundering includes musical performances by Durham bands, The Affectionates and The Tan and Sober Gentlemen, plus pirate-themed activities such as a 14-acre Plant-wide treasure hunt, peg legged races, cannonball tossing and a pirate and saucy wench-off costume contests. Fair Game Beverage will let the grog flow with their award winning wines and cocktails as well as beer from FullSteam and Cackalacky. Food trucks include Sympathy for the Deli and Breakfast and Beyond.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Fair Game Beverage Co. is a winery and distillery based in Pittsboro, specializing in Carolina-grown rums, brandies and fortified wines. Pirates were accustomed to carrying large amounts of spirits and fortified wines on their adventures, and Fair Game is well-equipped to welcome all modern day pirates and pirate enthusiasts to celebrate at their site.
“Our NoLasses Sorghum Rum would certainly have been a hit on the Queen Anne’s Revenge if I had the (mis)fortune of being around in Blackbeard’s day,” says Head Distiller Chris Jude of the notorious Carolina-based pirate.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 2002 by John Baur and Mark Summers and what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up. The Pirate Bash is the first annual Pirate Day celebration at Fair Game Beverage.
The Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted two press trips in July and requested Fair Game’s participation in the itineraries, which were popular among media and Visit NC colleagues. Guests included Susan Whetzel (doughmesstic), Melanie Feehan, and Matt Long (landlopers). Fair Game Beverage Company is the 13th craft distillery in North Carolina and also a winery. The wines and spirits are made from local fruits, grains and juices here in North Carolina. Current products are their Fruit Tippers, port and sherry-style wines and No’Lasses sorghum rum and an NC apple brandy. Products can be found in Wine Shops, Restaurants and Bars across North Carolina, as well as the Fair Game Beverage Company Tasting Room in Pittsboro. Spirits can be found at many NC ABC stores. Fair Game wines can also be purchased online.