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our craft

Making beautiful, handmade craft spirits is our passion. Every drop of Doc Porter's vodka, gin, bourbon and rye is made from scratch using locally-sourced grains from North Carolina.

We believe in integrity and supporting local farmers , which is why we don't re-bottle alcohol produced from the larger manufacturers (Bourbon or Grain Neutral Spirits). Every product we release is made from start to finish under our distillery roof, right here in Lower South End, Charlotte.  We're hands-on in all steps of the process, from milling and mashing to fermentation and distillation.

Pay us a visit and we’ll take you on a tour of our facility and show you the distillation process & meticulous care that goes into every bottle we produce. You can also browse our merchandise selection & purchase all of your Doc's gear on-site after tasting the "grain-to-glass" difference for yourself.

Our spirits are available for purchase at the distillery, ABC stores throughout North Carolina, and South Carolina retailers.

Check out some of our favorite cocktail recipes here.

Facts about producing grain-to-glass spirits

Facts about producing grain-to-glass spirits

 MEET doc porter & THE TEAM

Doc Porter, grandfather of head distiller Andrew Porter and our namesake.

Doc Porter, grandfather of head distiller Andrew Porter and our namesake.


Doc Porter was the grandfather of our owner and head distiller, Andrew Porter. After serving in the US Navy, he became a radiologist and was a pioneer in his field, working on groundbreaking procedures with radioactive isotopes. He had a love for science, fast cars and his family and when the time came to put a name on the products we are incredibly proud of, his name was the perfect fit.

We lost Doc Porter in 2012 but we know he would be proud of what we've built and would have enjoyed sipping on a namesake cocktail.


The Porters

Andrew and Liz Porter are the husband and wife co-owners of Doc Porter's Distillery. It all started back in 2014 when Andrew decided to take his lifelong passion and turn it into a business. Andrew is a Chemical Engineer by day, while Liz works in sports marketing. They balance their careers and the distillery while raising two young daughters here in Charlotte. It's a full and wonderful life and they're proud to contribute incredible craft products to the community they love.

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Chris ritenour

Chris comes to us from Blaum Brothers in Galena, Illinois. His passion for the production and history of distilled spirits runs deep. Chris manages the continued production of Doc Porter’s core line of spirits while also focusing on special releases and collaborations. In his spare time, Chris loves to spend time with his wife and daughter.



Jason Harris is the distillery's jack of all trades. He's passionate about spirits and likes to gets his hands dirty and take part in the distilling process. Not only does he work in the production process but he also manages the tasting room, events and sales and marketing. Jason's a big live music fan and when he's not working, you'll often see Jason getting around Charlotte on two wheels as his bike is always the preferred method of transportation.