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Fortified Wines & Spirits
  • Tipper Scuppernong

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    The tents have gone up, the games are all rigged, and the rides are ready to whirl. Soon folks will be telling stories of the blue ribbon pies, prize heifers, dances danced, and kisses stolen up top the ferris wheel.

    Our Tipper Scuppernong Cordial features Haw River Valley Scuppernong Grapes, the fruit of the Old North State and the first to be cultivated in the United States. 17% ABV

    Discover new and inventive recipes in our Imbibe section.

  • Two Step

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    The crowd gathers as the paper lanterns glow inside. Four musicians are tuning up and the young men are hoping for a dance with the ladies at the other side of the dance tent. The night kicks off as the fiddle player calls out the tune and the band begins to play.

    A blend of Haw River Valley Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, and imported Palomino wines. Our Spanish style aperitif wine is sure to be a hit, it's a dry white finished in oak bourbon barrels. Two Step features honeysuckle and floral notes. Goes great before a meal or a dance.‚Äč 18% ABV

    Discover new and inventive recipes in our Imbibe section.

  • Ferris

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    Each year just around the harvest you'll see the trucks rolling into town, churning up dust and loaded down with the tents and the rides. The whole town knows when the work is done it's time to get dressed up and head out for a night at the fair.

    A blend of Haw River Valley Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin and Norton with a touch of imported Toriga grapes. Our Port Style Red Wine has aromas of plum, cherries and cinammon, finished in oak bourbon barrels, it's great after dinner or anytime. 18% ABV

    Discover new and inventive recipes in our Imbibe section.

  • Tipper Apple

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    The tents have gone up, the games are all rigged, and the rides are ready to whirl. Soon folks will be telling stories of the blue ribbon pies, prize heifers, dances danced, and kisses stolen up top the ferris wheel.

    Tipper Apple Wine is an off dry cider based wine finished in oak bourbon barrels with ripe red apple and caramel notes. Goes great after a meal, or anytime with soda water and a splash of bitters. 18% ABV

    Discover new and inventive recipes in our Imbibe section.

  • Our Process

    At the heart of our wines and spirits are the fruits, grains and juices and the people who grow them. We work hard to source high quality fruits, grains and juices directly from North Carolina and southeastern growers. In fact, nearly all of our Grape wines and Sweet Sorghum are grown and harvested by Andy and Chris, and our grains are grown and malted right here in the Piedmont. We study the old hand crafted methods of Portugal, Italy and Cognac, France to bring world class wine and spirits to Chatham County, North Carolina. Click below to follow us through our process.
  • Fortifying Wines

    To fortify a wine means to add a brandy spirit to a wine to raise the alcohol content. Fortification is done for several reasons; to enhance flavor, stop a fermentation, or prolong the shelf life of a wine. Port, Sherry and Vermouth are the best known styles of fortified wine, though the terms Port and Sherry are protective designations of use that have not been allowed on US wine labels since 2006. At Fair Game we distill our neutral brandy five times to above 80% alcohol for fortifying our wines.
  • Harvesting the grapes

    Our base grape wines come primarily from our partner Benjamin Vineyards, a winery and vineyard located in the Haw River Valley AVA. For our apple and peach wines we source fruit from Western North Carolina, as well as from Sandhills and Piedmont producers.
  • Pressing

    The grapes are harvested from August to October and pressed at Benjamin Vineyards.
  • Fermenting & Distilling

    Back at the distillery we distill a Scuppernong Wine five times till the hearts of the run is up to at least 80% alcohol by volume. This neutral brandy is added directly to the wine either during fermentation or just after depending on which wine we are making.
  • Into the Oak Barrels

    We age our Ferris Red, Two Step White and Tipper Apple Wine in oak cooperage that was once used for aging bourbon. As time goes on we plan to age some of our wines in the traditional Solera method.
  • Imbibe

    Once bottled, we offer these wines for your enjoyment. Check out the Imbibe page, or drop by the distillery for tips on how to best enjoy our wines.
  • Raising Spirits

    At Fair Game Beverage we craft our spirits in an Alembic copper pot still using classic fermentation and slow distillation methods to create richly flavored yet delicate spirits true to their origin. Here we'll walk you through the steps taken to produce our Sorghum Cane Spirit, or Sorghum Rhum as we like to call it.
  • Sorghum Harvest

    Chris has been raising cane since 2009 with Okfuskee Farm in Silk Hope, NC. Sweet Sorghum is a sturdy plant that can grow up to 16 feet tall and is in the Poaceae family, home to other grasses including Sugarcane. We plant in early to mid Spring, and our cane is ready to harvest well before the first frost.
  • Through the Roller Mill...

    Chris and Bobby purchased an antique, working, three roller cane mill capable of pressing up to 100 gallons of juice per hour from the cane. The fresh squeezed juice is taken promptly to Fair Game for fermentation. Okfuskee Farm takes the pressed cane and uses the valuable organic matter on their farm. This method of fermenting fresh juice comes from the Agricole tradition of Martinique.
  • Off to the Still...

    Back at the distillery we combine Sorghum Syrup with the fresh juice to enhance the flavor, fermenting the wort to around 11% alcohol, then send it to our Alembic still for a double distillation process. The resulting spirits come off the still around 130 proof and ready for barrel aging.
  • Aging in Oak Barrels

    Our Sorghum Cane Spirit is aged in a mix of used bourbon and new American Oak cooperage prior to bottling.

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OUR STORY

It could only have happened in the South. It could only have happened in Chatham County.

We started Fair Game Beverage Company with a passion for crafting delicious spirits and fortified wines that would showcase the true flavors and atmosphere of beautiful Chatham County, our agriculturally rich home in the heart of North Carolina.

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Our list of locally-sourced ingredients reads like a trip to the county fair, where the the best of the season’s harvest is on display. From the Haw River Valley grapes in our deliciously dry Two Step, to the hints of aromatic scuppernong in our Tipper, there’s a little bit of home in every sip.

And like Chatham County itself, we wanted our craft beverages to be wholly unique. Instead of the typical distiller’s choice of whiskey or vodka, we wanted to offer something with a little more character. We use uncommon ingredients in our spirits, like our house-grown sorghum, a member of the grass family similar to sugar cane, that is featured in our soon-to-be-released Sorghum Cane Spirit. And our Southern fortified wines combine centuries-old techniques with regional ingredients to create something new and exciting.

Fortifying wine is an old tradition in which brandy was added to wine to halt the fermentation process and make the wine robust for travel in oak barrels across the ocean. Fortification allowed old world sailors to bring the flavors of the Douro Valley in Portugal back to the streets of London or the dry sherry of Jerez, Spain, to the canals of Amsterdam.

We like to enjoy our spirits and fortified wines in true Southern style — sitting with friends on a porch at the end of a long day. But even if you are on a fire escape in the city somewhere, you can take a sip of any of our beverages and be transported right back here.

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Try our Two-step White, Ferris Red, Apple Tipper and Scuppernong Tipper and keep an eye out for our line of Spirits including our Apple Brandy and Sorghum Cane Spirit coming this fall.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Founders Club

If you have a desire to taste new and exciting dessert wines, spirits, aperitifs and cordials as well as a special interest in seeing our agricultural abundance transformed into delicious libations for your supreme enjoyment, Join Us Now and you will be the first to experience all the sights and sounds and flavors of the Fair Game.

JOIN NOW!

We have three special levels so that all can participate, but only if you take the chance and have the skill.

Midway Boss Level $250

  • Invitation to special events; Grand Opening, Founders Only parties and tastings
  • A pair of handblown tasting glasses from Pittsboro glass artist Jonathan Davis
  • Locally made organic cotton Fair Game t-shirt from Burlington's TS Designs
  • 1 bottle each of Tipper Apple, Peach and Scuppernong, 1 bottle of Ferris, 1 bottle of Two-Step and 1 bottle of our first spirit release, either our Bobbin Apple Brandy or Sorghum Cane Spirit. (Wines will be available beginning in June, Spirits tentatively released this November.)
  • All Club members receive first invitations to taste and purchase new releases before anyone else!
  • Newsletter
  • Bragging Rights

Fire Eater Level $150

  • Invitation to special events; Grand Opening, Founders Only parties and tastings
  • A pair of handblown tasting glasses from Pittsboro glass artist Jonathan Davis
  • Locally made organic cotton Fair Game t-shirt from Burlington's TS Designs
  • Choice of 3 Wines:Tipper, Ferris or Two-Step (Wines will be available beginning in June.)
  • All club members receive first invitations to taste and purchase new releases before anyone else!
  • Newsletter
  • Bragging Rights

Human Cannonball Level $75

  • Invitation to special events; Grand Opening, Founders Only parties and tastings
  • One handblown tasting glass from Pittsboro glass artist Jonathan Davis
  • Locally made organic cotton Fair Game t-shirt from Burlington's TS Designs
  • All club members receive first invitations to taste and purchase new releases before anyone else!
  • Newsletter
  • Bragging Rights