Hollow Creek Distillery expansion underway
Hollow Creek, SC 02/17/2021 – The Hollow Creek Distillery has announced an expansion to their family owned and operated distillery. According to Craig and Meredith Amick, the owners of the distillery, they had already planned to expand at some point but the need for hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated those plans.
Like many other distillers and brewers, the Amicks halted production of spirits for consumption by folks who’ve come to enjoy their products’ taste and stepped up to meet the demands of the people of South Carolina who were trying to frequently sanitize their hands and other surfaces. The need was great, but with hard work they turned out gallons and gallons of the high-quality hand sanitizer to meet the need.
During the mild days of December, 2020, they began clearing ground as construction on a new 5,000 sf production building began. This will house an 800-gallon capacity still.
Hollow Creek opened its doors 6 years ago. Located within a stone’s throw of beautiful Lake Murray, it is in the small Hollow Creek community of Lexington County. For those who aren’t familiar with the area, this is west of the Town of Lexington on US Hwy 378 near the twin bridges. That’s a mere wide spot that has two bridges separated by a short distance, a marina, a few boat launches, a bar, and several other small businesses. Mostly this is just a quiet place where people live and enjoy the solitude of Lake Murray and country life.
Hollow Creek Distillery was a resurrection of locally distilled moonshine. Owners Craig and Meredith Amick are part of the Amick family legacy who have worked independently in the Lake Murray area for 9 generations.
The area is deceptive. Although HCD is located in the Midlands of SC, it sits in a spot that mimics the foothills of the state. Sitting just off the highway, you’ll find their first building and tasting room and now, their new, larger production barn which is under construction. It really is a unique spot and can seem almost magical.
With experience measured in generations, the Amicks knew it would be moonshine that would be the first building block of an ever-expanding product offering. Eight flavored varieties were introduced soon after and the process truly became a family operation when Meredith suggested the addition of “Sea Salt & Caramel,” one of their most popular year-round flavors. Seasonal moonshines are also produced with flavors including Watermelon and Peach, in Spring/Summer and Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint in Fall/Winter.
More recently, Hollow Creek has introduced White Hot Whiskey, an all-natural cinnamon whiskey with 1/3 less sugar than popular brands and High Cotton Bourbon, a well-balanced bourbon with a smooth finish and a worthy cause behind it.
The expansion is expected to be completed in the spring, with the original production barn and Tasting Room remaining open throughout the construction process. You can visit during normal business hours: Thursday, 1 pm – 7 pm; Friday, 10 am – 7 pm; and Saturday, from 10 am – 7 pm. Their physical address is 112 Rocky Ridge Road, Leesville, SC.