Twelve 33 Distillery is a small production, craft distillery located in Little River, South Carolina on Highway 90 and Highway 17, just north of North Myrtle Beach. The location is ideally located on the busiest highway leading into the “Grand Strand”, a premier tourist destination for its world class golf and white sand beaches. A vibrant, growing local population coupled with strong seasonal tourism made the Grand Strand an ideal location for a premium craft distillery.
Founded by husband and wife team, Kevin and Rebecca Osborn, Twelve 33 Distillery began as dream to create a “grain to glass” small production craft distillery using locally sourced ingredients that would reflect the local culture while also allowing for innovative products.
Kevin and Rebecca met in college at Michigan State University and in following their careers, lived in seven states over the span of 25 years of marriage. Kevin began brewing beer as a hobbyist right out of college. When their career took them to California, the opportunity to become a winemaker presented itself and Kevin learned an entirely new process and appreciation for handcrafted, boutique wines. It was both ironic and fortuitous that as Kevin and Rebecca began planning their next great adventure, news came that Kevin’s time as a business executive with the company he had spent twenty six years working for would soon be ending as the company was soon to be sold. While always having a strong passion for craft, whether beer, wine or spirits, timing was perfect to pursue the dream of turning a hobby into a profession. They were fortunate to have friends who had opened a fantastic craft distillery in Northern Michigan five years earlier. Learning about their business and process cemented the decision to make this dream a reality. Kevin began attending workshops at Cornell University, studied various distillation businesses, took Distillers certification courses in Louisville, and formulated a business plan. With family residing in the Carolinas, and a very favorable business climate for craft distillers, it was the ideal place to start a new life and their next great adventure. It was then that Twelve 33 Distillery became reality.