Southern Grace Distilleries

An abandoned prison turned into a distillery, this one basically writes itself. Southern Grace set up shop in North Carolina’s old Mount Pleasant prison, which ran as a work camp for up to 400 low-security inmates from 1929 until 2011. Long, narrow hallways with tiny cells line the building.

Tourists sip on whiskey tastings in the old segregation unit, and other cell blocks serve as the main working distillery. In the few years it’s been open, workers have reported strange occurrences like keys disappearing then reappearing in plain sight. Spooky noises ringing through the chambers. Phantom footsteps echoing through the halls. It’s a modern-day Alcatraz... that makes whiskey!

Jura Whisky

Our final entrant on the list was established because of a thirsty apparition who had a keen fondness for whisky. Legend has it that, in 1781, Laird Archibald Campbell outlawed distilling on the isle of Jura, Scotland. Thirty years later, he awoke in the dead of night to find a ghostly woman floating over him as he lay in bed, telling him off for the lack of whisky on the island. It scared him so badly, he not only reversed the ban, but he built a distillery to appease the ghost. After it eventually moved locations, rumor is a bottle of whisky was buried at the site of the original distillery to keep the woman’s thirst at bay. You can’t ever say Scots don’t take their drink deadly serious.