Southern Grace Distilleries Releases Conviction Small Batch Bourbon

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon behind prison bars. (PRNewsfoto/Southern Grace Distilleries)

The first Bourbon to (legally) age behind bars is available this month.

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon has been released from prison. Southern Grace Distilleries, known as Whiskey Prison, is the first distillery in the United States to be located in a former prison. They have released their first bourbon after opening their doors three and a half years ago: Conviction Small Batch Bourbon.

Conviction was craft distilled at Whiskey Prison and aged behind bars in their 1929 “old dorm.” It was barreled at 100 proof and is bottled at cask strength, and has a mash bill of 88% corn and 12% malted barley.

“The hard time aging in oak barrels behind bars here at Whiskey Prison has created a cask strength bourbon that’s subtly sweet and smooth,” said Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell.

Southern Grace Distilleries was founded in 2014 and is located in a former North Carolina state prison in Cabarrus County, NC, located about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte. Conviction is now available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, DC, and available online via

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.