by Steve Tingle, photograph by Town Greenville
There’s a whole lot of chemistry and a little bit of alchemy going on here. The Smoking Barrel at American Grocery has been described by some as whiskey and a cigarette in one neat little package. But it’s much more complex than that. It starts with bourbon, house-infused with local apples. Then a dash of apple bitters, again made in-house, a four-week process. Then a hint of maple syrup, followed by a topping of Foggy Ridge Cider from Dugspur, Virginia.