How the distillery works

Making moonshine is a process that dates back to a time when farmers could make more money from turning their corn into whiskey than selling it as grain alone. A process that is still illegal without the proper permits, we decided to bring our moonshine distillery out of the woods to the heart of Downtown Hot Springs.

Our moonshine begins with the creation of mash from finely ground corn. The corn is cooked to extract the starches. These starches will feed the yeast in our fermentation tanks that then convert the starches to sugars. It’s those sugars that will become alcohol and eventually moonshine. This process takes around three to four days.

When the mash is ready, it will be pumped from the fermentation tank into our still, fondly name “Patrick.” Patrick is a 250-gallon copper and wood still that must be heated to 173 degrees in order for the moonshine to distill. Once Patrick reaches the magic temperature, the alcohol vapers head into a doubler before reaching the condenser tank which cools the vapors and turns it into alcohol. Once this process is finished, all that’s left is bottling and properly labeling our ‘shine to be passed on to you!

why it was started

Danny Bradley graduated from U of A with a Ph. D. in poultry science. After years of traveling for work, he decided it was time to return to his home in Garland County. His love for the state of Arkansas and the Hot Springs area inspired him to join in the revitalization of the downtown area. He knew that jobs were one of the keys to creating a thriving city. Since its beginning, Crystal Ridge Distillery has had a mission to create jobs. From the construction and renovation of “The Old Country Store” into Crystal Ridge Distillery to the restaurant and distillery itself, Danny has plans to not only create a family-friendly venue but also help immortalize a piece of history that is so important to the Hot Springs area.

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