As Charlotte's brewery scene booms, local craft beer has become a favorite at weddings. But now, couples have another local option: grain-to-glass vodka. That's where Charlotte's new distillery, Doc Porter's comes in. Owned by Andrew and Liz Porter and named for Andrew's grandfather, Dr. Richard Porter, the distillery has become a tour destination and its vodka-made from grain grown in Marshville-is now sold at area ABC stores ($29.95 a bottle). The husband-and-wife team plans to release gin in a few months. Carolina Bride asked Bob Peters, head mixologist at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, to create a wedding-worthy cocktail using Doc Porter's signature vodka.
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