June 18, 2013. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Head distiller George Dusek, left, and Simon Hinson fill and cork bottles of TOPO Gin.
TOPO, Top of the Hill Distillery, the brainchild of owner Scott Maitland and Spirit Guide Esteban McMahan, is located in the old N&O Building on Franklin Street. Making gin, vodka and American whiskey from locally sourced wheat, they are one of the few distilleries bringing organic liquor to ABC shelves around the state.