We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Emerald Distilling Company

Closed Now: 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Open today: 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Review Highlights
Great find in Opelika

We had a very informative (and free! although we did tip!) tour of the distillery. Tyler was a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Columbus, Georgia
via mobile
Friendly Atmosphere

Stopped by for a book signing at this brewing company. Nice folks. Nice drink menu. I'm not much... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Ron D
Cave Spring, Georgia
Read all 17 reviews
All photos (5)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent95%
  • Very good0%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“great drinks”(3 reviews)
“single malt”(2 reviews)
A craft distillery located in downtown Opelika, Alabama. Crafting seven different spirits and featuring the first legal whiskey made in Alabama since prohibition.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
See all hours
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
706 N Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL 36801-4344
+1 334-737-5353
Reviews (17)
Filter reviews
17 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews great drinks right next door single malt the owner vodka spirits distillery groupon tours flavor menu business fun alabama
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 17 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very informative (and free! although we did tip!) tour of the distillery. Tyler was a great and knowledgeable tour guide. Afterwards, we enjoyed a flight of all their offerings. I personally didn’t care for the gin, but I do not like anise...More

Thank Ellester43
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Stopped by for a book signing at this brewing company. Nice folks. Nice drink menu. I'm not much of a drinker, but would have enjoyed one here if I did.

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Stopped by to pass the time with a tour/tasting. They normally don't tour/taste until 4 but we came in on a weekend. The tour was interesting, the owner, John, was very friendly. We got a sampler afterwards, and had taste of their vodka, gin, rum,...More

Thank Sylaris
Reviewed 11 May 2018

They make their own whiskey, vodka and gin, and have a menu of great and interesting/inventive drinks....made with passion and care by Jill! Fun to stop in for a drink or two before or after dinner. The whiskey drinks were great!

Thank nagled
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We were coming from Columbus to see the distillery and the brewery next door, and I tried to make a tour reservation online - unsuccessful. I finally was able to reach someone on the phone and scheduled to come in at 3. We began the...More

Thank Marissa G
Reviewed 17 November 2017

My husband and I were traveling to Montgomery AL and found a Groupon for a tour and tasting at this distillery which was about an hour's drive away. We got there early -- about 4:30pm on a Thursday and there was only one customer at...More

Thank dhjew1
Jimmy S, Owner at John Emerald Distilling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thanks so much for stopping for the tour and the trip advisor review. We certainly enjoyed having you guys. Cheers, John

Reviewed 24 October 2017

If you have a chance run don't walk to this place. the owners are passionate (Jimmy Sharp) about growing their business while taking time to keep the quality high. they do a very good single malt, vodka, gin and some early Brandy. It was fun...More

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

A welcoming atmosphere and great drinks. Take a tour and you will understand these folks are dedicated to producing a quality product. Very friendly and cozy place.

Thank bertharris2015
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The distillery has a great vibe to it and attracts all types of people. It's a great alternative to the overly crowded and deafening bars in Auburn where everyone looks and acts the same. It has a bit of a hipster feel to it, but...More

Thank Catzeye800
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful facility and gorgeous equipment! Love the location and the tour was fun and interesting. Stayed for a tasting flight and drink afterward at their bar. They make great liquors!

1  Thank HawaiianHercules
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 18 nearby hotels
Comfort Inn
103 reviews
2.38 km away
Magnuson Hotel Opelika
72 reviews
2.46 km away
Red Carpet Inn Opelika
29 reviews
2.65 km away
Quality Inn Opelika
169 reviews
2.72 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 119 nearby restaurants
Cafe 123
93 reviews
.19 km away
Zazu Gastropub
108 reviews
.15 km away
Ma Fia's Ristorante & Pizzeria
195 reviews
.15 km away
Irish Bred Pub
208 reviews
.23 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 22 nearby attractions
Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge
18 reviews
1.16 km away
Red Clay Brewing Company
12 reviews
.04 km away
6 reviews
.20 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from John Emerald Distilling Company staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines