Lazy Guy Distillery, metro Atlanta’s first whiskey distillery, plans to open this year in Kennesaw, adding to the hundreds of new small craft alcohol-oriented businesses popping up throughout the country.
“The craft distilling industry across the nation has really taken off,” said Mark Allen, owner of Lazy Guy.
There are already six distilleries in Georgia but Lazy Guy will be the only one that is whiskey-exclusive. There are about 532 local distilleries in the U.S., up from 86 in 2003, said Bill Owens, the president of the American Distilling Institute.
“It is a uniquely American drink, going back to Washington, who was one of the biggest whiskey distillers of his time,” Owens said. “It’s a very hot industry.”