Co-Owners of Durham Distillery – Melissa and Lee Katrincic
Co-Owners Melissa and Lee Katrincic have announced plans for Durham Distillery’s craft cocktail bar “Corpse Reviver” in early 2020. This announcement comes on the heels of the passage of Senate Bill 290 this past week, marking a historic milestone for distilleries in North Carolina. The bill enables cocktails to be served at distilleries, therefore also making it possible for distillers to operate a bar in addition to the distillery.
“Since opening the distillery in 2015, it has been our goal to showcase our Conniption gins in cocktails, but ABC restrictions have prohibited us from doing so; approval of this bill changes everything, and enables us to celebrate our brand in the fullest and most experiential way,” explained Melissa Katrincic. “Corpse Reviver is a natural complement to our award-winning Conniption Gin brand and distillery, and will provide an opportunity for us to bring our premium Conniption Gin to life, just as other distilleries have done across the US.”
Durham Distillery’s Corpse Reviver will be located on the ground floor beneath the distillery with an entrance and outdoor patio facing the historic train trestle. This will enhance Conniption Gin in a craft cocktail bar setting, modeled after the luxe, modern gin bars of London. Named for both the classic gin cocktail, Corpse Reviver #2 – composed of gin, absinthe, Cointreau and lemon juice – and its’ basement setting located in a former coffin shop, Corpse Reviver is designed to showcase Conniption Gins at their best.
About Durham Distillery & CONNIPTION Gin:
Founded in 2013 and opened in 2015 by Melissa and Lee Katrincic, Durham Distillery is a craft gin, vodka and liqueur distillery – known for modern techniques and uncompromised quality – located in Durham, North Carolina. The company produces premium gins leveraging a differentiated two-step process combining time-honored gin making traditions with techniques borrowed from modern chemistry to create spirits that are both classic and contemporary. The full product line offers CONNIPTION Navy Strength Gin and CONNIPTION American Dry Gin, DAMN FINE Liqueurs (Chocolate, Mocha and Coffee), Cucumber Vodka, and Canned Cocktails (Gin & Tonic, Cucumber Vodka & Soda, and NEW Rose Spritz). As the leader in the South’s Gin renaissance, Durham Distillery has earned more than 50 national and international awards and in 2018 was named the #1 Craft Gin Distillery in the U.S. by USA Today. Co-Founder Melissa Katrincic is recognized as one of the prominent female distillery owners in the U.S.