The secret to the BEST bourbon with Hoss

Greg Key of Hoss and Amy Brown of Doc Brown Farm talking bourbon

The other day, we had the pleasure of hosting Greg Key from Hoss down here at the farm. Hoss is a company that encourages people to get their hands into the earth and grow their own food, and they supply everything you need to do it – garden tools, supplies, seed stock and more. The team at Hoss also posts loads of useful information on YouTube and social media helping people get the best results.

As farmers, their message chimes with our own – nothing tastes quite as good as food fresh from the farm, or from your garden. Like us, Hoss is based in Georgia and we think of Greg and the gang as neighbors.

Why were they down on the farm? Well, one of the corn stocks Hoss sells is heirloom Jimmy Red and, as a matter of fact, we bought our original seeds from them. The corn in our fields today is descended from those seeds. So, we showed them around, introduced them to our crops and talked about how we turn those beautiful red pearls of corn into bourbon with a difference.

Greg is the nicest guy and he truly gets the farm fresh ethos and our seed-to-still process. You can watch the video below, and check out the Hoss website here.

A big thank-you goes out to the team at Hoss for taking the time to come and see us, and for spreading the word about our farm, our distillery and our bourbon.

DBF in the Media: Georgia Trend

Screenshot of Georgia Trend page featuring Doc Brown Farm & Distillers

Georgia Trend is the only statewide publication covering our business, politics and economy here in Georgia, so it was a real privilege for us to talk to their reporter Sucheta Rawal last month, and to feature on the site. Georgia Trend has all the buzz on biz!

The article Sucheta wrote hit all the right notes for us – starting with the female leadership in our business, our family’s history in farming, and the special approach we take to bourbon, which is centered around Jimmy Red Corn, plus our new non-GMO Abruzzi Rye. If you want a snapshot of who we are and what we do, Georgia Trend has it for you on the website, and we’ve included the copy below.

We’re so grateful to Sucheta and Georgia Trend for spreading the word. It’s exciting and an honor to feature alongside some great Georgia businesses.

Georgia’s First Seed to Glass Bourbon

Doc Brown Farm & Distillers

Thanks to the passion and efforts of one family, we now have a Georgia seed-to-still bourbon distillery with women at its forefront! Doc Brown Farm & Distillers is located in Senoia. Though the co-founders ­– Paige Dockweiler, Amy Brown, and Amy’s oldest son, Daniel Williams (a commercial pilot by day) – come from a multigeneration of farmers, they never thought about distilling spirits until 2018.

Amy Brown grew up in Hog Mountain (not far from what is now Mall of Georgia), and at one time, her family owned 900 hectares of farmland. Brown went to college and then worked as a mortgage banker in Atlanta for 32 years. After that, she and her partner, Dockweiler (The “Doc” in Doc Brown) ran a pecan farm and event venue in Cordele, GA. But to be closer to her grandkids, Brown bought a farm in Senoia. “Farming was always in my blood,” she says.

One day in 2018, while the family was on their annual beach vacation at the Florida panhandle, they came across an article about Jimmy Red Corn, that up until 20 years ago, had almost died out. A casual conversation about making family bourbon for their own celebrations turned into a commercial investment. Dockweiler had also grown up in a farming family, in South Georgia, and pursued a successful career as a nurse specializing in oncology and hematology. As they researched the heirloom corn, they both got excited about creating a clean spirit while maintaining the ecosystem of the earth.

Jimmy Red Corn is high in protein, sugar (that converts to alcohol), and oil (that gives a creamy buttery flavor profile). “The distiller told us that we were on to something!” Brown exclaims. Doc Brown is now one of the few farms that produce Jimmy Red Corn using old-fashioned hands-on farming techniques like hand pollinating the crop to preserve the variety. The farmworkers distill the corn and non-GMO Abruzzi rye to create unique flavors of bourbon and bourbon creams.

The distillery offers three types of bourbon whiskeys, two of which are named after family members. Since bourbon takes four to six years to mature, the family devised the idea to make bourbon cream with extracts from their bourbon. Since October 2023, they have launched bourbon cream in flavors like coffee (a great dessert on its own), butter pecan (to pay tribute to the pecan farmers of GA), peppermint mocha (that tastes like Andes Mint candy), and salted caramel (with a gentle hint of sea salt). This month, they are releasing a new line of spirits under the label Day Swigger. The first is a butter pecan liqueur made with extracts of Georgia-raised pecans. And soon, they plan to release a special edition hot honey liqueur with the farm’s own honey and southern spice.

You can drink the bourbon cream by itself, cold or at room temperature, or mix it with iced or hot coffee or latte, or hot chocolate. You can substitute heavy cream for bourbon cream to add a special kick to your beverage.

Brown says that she created the flavors that she enjoys drinking herself but also wanted a clean spirit. She adds, “You only need water, grains, a barrel and some patience! There’s no need for added flavoring, coloring, or synesthetic sweeteners to make America’s only native spirit in Georgia.”

Doc Brown products are available for purchase online through its website or through its many distributors.

Why we’re nuts about pecans

pecan nuts

Down here at Doc Brown Farm we talk about our heirloom Jimmy Red Corn a lot – which is only natural, as we use it to make our bourbon. But there’s another Georgia crop we love almost as much, and that’s the pecan nut.

Our home state if famous for these buttery, flavorsome little guys and we already use them to flavor our Butter Pecan Bourbon Cream Liqueur. They’re pretty close to our hearts, so we decided to find out a bit more about them.

Six things you didn’t know about pecans

1 – Born in the USA
The pecan tree is native to America’s southern states and our country produces between 80 and 90% of the world’s pecan nuts every year.

2 – Standing proud and tall
The pecan tree is a species of hickory that can grow up to 140 feet in height, with a trunk up to six feet in diameter.

3 – Georgia is nuts about pecans
The state of Georgia produced over 125 million pounds of unshelled pecans in 2022, nearly half the national output, with 144,000 acres devoted to the crop.

4 – The story of the South
After Georgia, the leading pecan states are New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma, and the pecan is the state tree of Texas.

5 – Pecans are good for you
Pecans are full of vitamins and minerals – good for your skin, eyes, teeth, bones, muscles and nerve system. They are cholesterol- and sodium-free, and low in carbohydrates.

6 – You say pea-can, I say puh-kahn
Even in Georgia, there’s a debate over how to pronounce the name of the nut, which derives from the Algonquin word pecan, originally used to describe a variety of nuts that grow in the South.

There’s nothing like a good old Georgia pecan orchard.

Farm fresh pecans

Something you also might not know is that the Doc Brown family has a heritage growing pecan nuts that goes back a couple of generations and a few years ago we are grateful to have inherited a beautiful pecan orchard.

In fact, you could say that pecans, growing in the Georgia soil just like our Jimmy Red Corn, are part of who we are and what we do. And let’s not overlook the fact that they taste great.

This is why the humble pecan will take center stage when we launch our new Day Swigger whiskey. Coming this May, watch for our Day Swigger Butter Pecan Liqueur – the first in a series of tasty whiskeys. Coming in a 275ml bottle and at 40% ABV, it’s a blend of our Jimmy Red Corn bourbon with natural extracts of Georgia-raised pecans. It’s the perfect little treat for all you (over 21) whiskey-lovin’ rascals out there.

Our bottle, label and spirit are with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau right now for approval and, once Day Swigger has passed, we’ll start bottling and shipping. We can’t wait to share it with you, so watch this space…

Georgia pecan orchard

Introducing… Day Swigger!

First look at Day Swigger Butter Pecan by Doc Brown Farm and Distillers

We’ve been sitting on this news for a while, but we couldn’t hold it any longer. At the beginning of May, Doc Brown Farm & Distillers will be launching a new line of spirits called… Day Swigger. These flavored bourbon liqueurs are a little treat we’ve been working on and the first one you’ll see will be a delicious butter pecan in a bijou 200ml bottle.

But let’s start with the name. Day Swigger comes from way back when we were all young rascals. Back then, Ma and Pa Brown were teetotal and when they entertained, well, let’s just say someone always used to sneak a hipflask of bourbon into the party. Some of us scallywag cousins formed a little group called the Yard Swiggers and, on the signal, we’d meet out back and share that flask. A little something to take the edge off.

We’re still fun-loving rascals, but today we’re the folks who make the bourbon. So we decided to create a line of liquors a little less serious than our Effie Jewel and Uncle Bogue bourbons – something you can enjoy as a little treat, or a reward after a long day.

Farm fresh flavors

In the bottle, we’ll bring you a blend of young whiskey that includes our Jimmy Red Corn bourbon flavored with all-natural ingredients from Georgia. First up is our Day Swigger Butter Pecan Liqueur made with extracts of Georgia-raised pecans.

A few months down the line, we hope to add a Hot Honey flavor, made with our own farm honey and southern spice. We might follow it with a sweet honey liqueur without the heat. It’s just perfect – the bees that pollinate our Jimmy Red Corn will also make the honey that goes into the Day Swigger bottle. As nature-loving Georgia farmers, we couldn’t be prouder.

Now, as we sign off, there’s just one thing we need to mention. We’ve called this line Day Swigger but that doesn’t mean we advocate daytime drinking, and we urge y’all to drink responsibly. For us Day Swigger is a little delight in a bottle – a gift for yourself or a friend. When a wink and a smile are what’s called for, us rascals down on the farm have got you covered.

Price and ABV to be confirmed…

First look at Day Swigger Butter Pecan by Doc Brown Farm and Distillers

First look at Day Swigger Butter Pecan by Doc Brown Farm and Distillers

DBF in the Media: Communication Arts

Doc Brown Farm & Distillers on the Communication Arts website

Here at Doc Brown we feel honored and humbled to see our brand featured in the Exhibit section of the Communication Arts website.

For decades, Communication Arts – first as a magazine and now also as a website – has been the leading authority in design and advertising in America, and they decided our branding and packaging were beautiful enough to appear on their site. A huge thank-you goes out to managing editor Michael Coyne for interviewing Tom Lane of Ginger Monkey Design, who has helped us develop the Doc Brown brand since day one. We are so, so happy with his creative work, and just as pleased that others agree!

Below you can read the full story, as it originally appeared on CommArts.com.

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Doc Brown Farm & Distillers identity & packaging

Ginger Monkey Design celebrates this distillery’s tradition, faith and women leadership through a comprehensive identity and packaging system.

Responses by Tom Lane, creative director, Ginger Monkey Design.

Background: Doc Brown Farm & Distillers is a startup based in Georgia making bourbon from heirloom Jimmy Red corn, which it farms, mills, ferments and distills. It’s a family business set up by Amy Brown, Paige Dockweiller and Daniel Williams in 2019. In 2020, the three approached us to help them create a visual identity and packaging system that reflects its unique way of doing things.

Design thinking: We spent a lot of time talking to Amy and researching everything important to the Doc Brown business, discussing how it would be positioned in the market. Strong family values, responsible agriculture, deep roots in Georgia, the founders’ faith, their use of a traditional variety of corn that has nearly died out—all these things set them apart.

We settled on the word heirloom as an organizing thought. The visual expressions and copy all stem from this. Doc Brown draws upon its past to create something for the future.

Challenges: We created the brand typography and imagery and started work on the packaging long before the bourbon itself would be ready. This meant there was a lot of time to consider and question every creative decision. We hoped to use bespoke bottle designs, but costs spiraled during the COVID-19 pandemic. While waiting for the signature bourbons Effie Jewel and Uncle Bogue to reach their peak, we helped Doc Brown launch four flavored bourbon cream liqueurs, giving them a revenue stream and warming consumers up for the main product lines.

Favorite details: The hand-drawn script on the labels is something I put a lot of time into, honing and crafting it a bit like how Doc Brown makes its bourbon. I wanted the lettering to be flowing, evocative and full of personality, as though these could be signatures. It’s playful, reflecting the values of the brand. I hope it sits well on the bourbon shelf but also steps away from some of the tropes ubiquitous in that market.

New lessons: We’ve been very lucky with this project. Amy, Daniel and Paige have shared a lot of information with us about how the business has progressed. We’ve learned a huge amount about how bourbon is made; what demands and challenges new distilleries face; and what retailers, distributors and regulators expect from a product and its packaging. Amy has included us in the product development process because Doc Brown takes its brand integrity seriously. Together, we’re shaping ideas for future products and how to market them.

Visual influences: Sometimes the simplest things are the most inspiring. Images Amy sent us of the sun rising over a cornfield chimed with the radiance pattern in the background on an old silver dollar that has become a Doc Brown family heirloom. This conjured images of Lady Liberty and what she represents—equality, freedom, tolerance and opportunity. She appears in the brand’s pictorial mark surrounded by farm items, in high heels. Two of Doc Brown’s founders are women, and “high heels and cornfields” is part of the company ethos—honoring and celebrating women in the bourbon industry. All these different images and ideas are connected.

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