Stillhouse closed over the 2015-2016 New Year’s holiday.
A little while back I met a friend over drinks and burgers a Stillhouse. I tried to come to Stillhouse for lunch a few months back, but unfortunately they weren’t open for lunch quite yet. As of this writing, I don’t believe they are yet, but they will be soon! As you might guess by the name, the things to have here are burgers and moonshine and that’s just what I had.
I arrived early, so I ponied up to the bar to peruse the moonshine list. Of course, when most people think of moonshine we’re thinking of the white lightning, the mountain dew, or the hooch – illegal whiskey distilled by hand, usually in Appalachia. Well, folks still make that kind of moonshine – I’ve had some, and know a lot of people who “know a guy”. It’s not completely uncommon, at least not here in the south. But moonshine simply style of distilled liquor and it doesn’t necessarily have to be produced illegally. It’s simply un-aged whiskey that’s bottled straight off the still. And it’s delicious.
At the bar, I sampled Catdaddy and Ivy Mountain (Georgia-made), and got a serving of Tim Smith’s Climax – with a name like that, how can you not? The Climax was good, the Ivy Mountain Georgia Mash seemed harsh (like you’d expect young whiskey to be) but that may be because I tried it after the Catdaddy moonshine, which is a heavy, sweet, spiced moonshine that tastes like all the loveliness in egg nog, just without the dairy and eggs. Definitely a great choice for folks who aren’t sure what to get or are anxious about not liking moonshine.
Now, I was completely ignorant of the option to smoke your drink. Apparently, for three extra bucks, they’ll set a piece of wood on fire in your drink to infuse a smokey flavor. If I had known that, I would certainly have got it. Alas, I’ll have to save it for another trip.
In short order, my dining companion arrived and we grabbed a booth. We were having such a good time (of course I was after all that moonshine, right?!) that it took a while to get around to ordering, but we eventually managed it. I got the Augusta BBQ burger: two beef patties, pimento cheese, barbecue sauce, pulled pork, pickle, and cole slaw (~$9). It came with the upside-down top bun that Stillhouse is known for. I assembled it and dug in – yum. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
My companion got the PB&J burger: two beef patties, Georgia peanut hummus, fig jam, freshly sliced peach, blue cheese and pecans (~$9). It sounded really intriguing, but the Augusta was calling my name and I couldn’t resist. The Skeeter Branch duck burger, duck patties and duck confit and other goodies, also sounded really intriguing. I think a second trip will have to be worked in to our schedule at some point, so I can have that burger, a smoked drink, and show the place off to Adam.
I had a great time at Stillhouse! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and I had a great time chatting with them. Getting samples of the moonshine before committing to an $8-16 drink was a nicety I wasn’t expecting but very much appreciated. The burger was great, regardless of whether it was due to the moonshine’s influence or not. This joint is definitely worth a shot if you’re interesting in trying unique drinks and food and don’t mind paying around $10 each for those items. Despite my tightfisted nature, I can’t help but give it less than 4 stars.
Stillhouse Craft Burgers & Moonshine
56 East Andrews Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30305