Southern Distilling Co.
Reigniting North Carolina’s whiskey tradition with a bold brand refresh.
What we delivered.
Giving an award-winning distillery a world-class refresh.
Southern Distilling Co. already had a lot going for it — an innovative process extending years of tradition, growing distribution, award-winning products, and a commitment to reinvigorate their local community. It’s one thing to make delicious bourbons and rye that North Carolinians can be proud of. It’s another to make sure the brand reached the same high standards founders Pete and Vienna set for their products.
That’s where Fort West comes in.
A promise to Savor the Moment.
The first step was to help Southern Distilling Co. define the things they give a damn about and establish pillars on which to build their brand.
This process led us back to Pete’s childhood, where his dad would sit on the porch at the end of each day, sip on a nice bourbon, and take it all in. That’s where a promise was made — a promise to themselves and their audience to always Savor the Moment. This phrase became a rallying cry and a north star throughout the creative process.
THE PLAN OF ACTION
Meeting the neighbors and building the community.
Creating Modern Folklore.
Southern Distilling’s extraordinary blend of tradition and innovation is the stuff of future legends. Or as we like to call it, Modern Folklore. We did a deep dive into the prohibition archival public domain and created a visual thread that both harkened back to Statesville’s heyday and the promise of its future. We wove that thread through every fabric of the brand, from visual systems and brand toolkits to web pages and social posts.
What whiskey tradition looks like.
Everything had to feel authentic and true to Statesville, its whiskey-soaked history, and the distillery that is helping to revitalize it, so we created a massive content library that would transport our audience to the place where new history is being made.
These ownable photography assets tell their story in the gritty and textured aesthetic that defines Modern Folklore, and through the front-porch bourbon moments of Statesville.