Scott Maitland

TOPO Distillery Celebrates New Law

Top of the Hill owner Scott Maitland had a lot to celebrate last week. The same day that his son Andrew was born, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that allows distilleries to sell one bottle of liquor per person, per year “The final bill passed on Thursday, five minutes after my son was born,” he said. “So I kind of felt like I was giving birth to twins.” The Top of the Hill distillery on Franklin Street sells craft spirits, such as whiskey, vodka and gin. It is now allowed to sell some of its liquor...

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Bill Will Clear Way for Bottle Sales at Local Distillery

Both chambers of the North Carolina legislature have passed a bill with a number of measures related to the sale of alcohol. If the bill becomes law, one of those measures will allow North Carolina distilleries to sell their alcoholic products for consumption off premises. Hear the story below:   Visitors to Top of the Hill distillery in Chapel Hill can watch the company’s production process from fermentation to finish. Giant stainless steel containers full of spirits in various stages of production tower over the clean concrete floor. Above, a maze of pipes wind across the ceiling. At...

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In Chapel Hill, March Madness Is Big Business

CHAPEL HILL – March Madness is officially under way in Chapel Hill, with the Tar Heels set to begin ACC Tournament play Friday night—and across town, local restaurants and sports bars are preparing for a big weekend. “We’re definitely looking for a crowd,” says Patrick Cowden, the executive chef at the new Tobacco Road Sports Café at East 54. “We’re adding a few extra seats, definitely having a nice full staff ready to take on anybody who wants to come and spend the day watching ACC basketball… “We’ve got over 50 TVs, (so) any kind of tournament, any kind...

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Town Officials And Business Owners Prepare For Potential Postgame Celebrations

CHAPEL HILL – One of Chapel Hill’s most notable traditions is the rushing of Franklin Street after landmark basketball wins, but members of the community are tasked to make sure it occurs as safely as possible should UNC defeat Duke Saturday night. “Well, it’s sort of like asking what happens when you in the center of a hurricane,” says proprietor of Top of the Hill Distillery Scott Maitland. “I suspect Carolina nation will be pretty excited if we win. If it all holds true to form, I suspect we’ll see a good 15,000 people dancing around on Franklin Street. ...

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