A selection of the hand-crafted moonshine cocktails at Stillhouse, the latest addition to the East Andrews Entertainment District
William Faulkner once said, “Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.”
He could find plenty of the good stuff at Stillhouse, the new Buckhead eatery specializing in craft burgers and moonshine. My husband had more discussion with our server, Gabe, over the varieties of moonshine available than he ever did with a sommelier about wine. Moonshine here is made into cocktails, infused with flavors and even smoked with fresh apple, cherry, pecan, and maple wood chips.
At a media dinner last night we started with the Thyme to Shine ($9) made with muddled blueberries, fresh thyme, honey, grapefruit juice and Troy & Son’s platinum; and the Carolina Mule ($9), make with fresh lime, mint, ginger beer with Carolina moonshine. Both were delicious.
For the next moonshine course, I tried blackberry flavored while after much consideration and more discussion, my husband chose the pumpkin flavored and declared the world better for it.
Unlike the legendary moonshine created up in them thar hills on homemade stills that was sold immediately for consumption, these moonshine infusions are aged in oak barrels for a month, then carefully crafted into cocktails. There is no need to set a small quantity on fire to look for a blue flame to ensure you won’t go blind from drinking it. A yellow flame spells trouble and yes, people still die from drinking the homemade stuff. But this hooch is safe.
Equal care goes into the food. Condiments are made in-house and creative ingredients are available for the burgers made from premium varieties of grass fed beef.
A slightly blurry (post-moonshine) photo of the Buckhead Burger. My husband asked for the duck confit on the side, not sure about it. He devoured every bit.
I could only handle about half of my huge Augusta Burger, which featured two beef patties, pimento cheese, bbq sauce, pickle, pulled pork and cole slaw. ($9) The initial challenge was how to even attack it, with its upside-down bun and height equal to the size of my head.
My husband did pretty well with the Buckhead Burger that also had two beef patties, duck confit, goat cheese, green tomato relish, pickle beets and fresh spinach ($10).
As soon as I heard Gabe mention bacon creamed corn I knew we’d be seeing it at our table. (4) A spoonful of the rich concoction was enough for me. Of course we had to try the thick-cut fries ($3) although my heart cringed a bit at dipping them in the North Carolina gouda sauce.
Stillhouse does serve a limited selection of beer (14 choices) and wine — four red and three white — with six selections of sparkling wine, including Cristal for $395.
Having declared it a Night of Gluttony, we opted for a taste of the chocolate marble cheesecake s’mores ($7), but could only handle one of the three cheesecakes on the plate.
Housed on the lower level of the entertainment complex at 56 East Andrews, Stillhouse is off of the enclosed courtyard in the atrium of the entertainment complex. It also has a charming side patio, a perfect place to hang at the bar and listen to the live music offered nightly.
The desserts at Stillhouse. The ketchup photobombed my shot.
I loved the decor with the antique copper ceiling and black-and-white photos of moonshiners on the walls. Our whisky barrel table did pose a bit of a challenge — I didn’t know whether to sit at it sidesaddle style or straddle it in a decidedly unladylike fashion.
Stillhouse is a fun place to great place to hang out with friends or go on date night. Even thought moonshine is legal now, it still feels a bit naughty to drink some of the hard stuff.
Stillhouse is at 56 East Andrews Drive, (678) 244-3601, @StillhouseATL Open every day except Sunday.