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Happy Hour Whiskey and Reception with Troy Ball author of "Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey."
Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster House
Augusta, GA
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Happy Hour Whiskey and Reception with Troy Ball author of "Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey."
Join us July 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Abel Brown for a Special Happy Hour Event with cocktails, heavy hors d-oeuvres and Troylyn Ball, whiskey entrepreneur and author of "Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey."

Meet author Troylyn Ball while you enjoy savory treats and learn about Troy's journey of spirit, determination and entrepreneurship. This is an Augusta Author Series event.

"The first woman ever licensed to distill hard liquor in North Carolina uncorks an emotionally charged memoir about traversing family heartache to become the moonshine mama of the South... A heart-stirring life story" - Kirkus Reviews

About the Book
Troylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate developer, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their non-verbal, wheelchair-bound son Marshall, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous. To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina.

Nearing 50, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. But in this booming little Appalachian Mountain city of hippies, farmers, artisans and retirees, she unexpectedly discovered a support network and something shed never had in 25 years of providing round-the-clock care for her special needs boys: the freedom to pursue her own dreams. She struck up a friendship with a legendary 80-year-old raconteur from the mountains, met his friends, and soon found herself in a rickety country shack with an ingeniously inventive retired farmer trying to create the best recipe ever for traditional mountain moonshine.

But when the real estate bubble burst and the collapse of her husband Charlies new venture in Asheville left them deeply in debt, Troy realized her 10-year business plan for Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey wasnt enough. If she were going to save her family--and she was definitely going to save her family--she needed to become the most successful woman in the legal whiskey business. And, she needed to do it fast, before the bank took her house, her business, and everything shed worked so hard to achieve.

Full of eccentric characters and charming locations, from a "haunted" cabin in the mountains to the last farm in the world to grow heritage Crooked Creek corn. Pure Heart is a charming story of a woman who set out to find a purpose in the most unexpected of places, and ended up finding happiness, contentment, and a community of love and respect.

About The Author
Troy Ball is the founder and principal owner of Asheville Distilling Company in Asheville, North Carolina, makers of Troy & Sons Platinum whiskey, Troy & Sons Oak Reserve, and Blonde whiskey. Troy & Sons Platinum recently received a gold medal for moonshine, the highest possible rating.

"We only use the sweet spot," Troy's husband Charlie said of their ingredients. He was referring to the alcohol derived from the middle of the distillation process, known as the heart  or the nectar of the gods, which yields the most flavor and the cleanest taste. Troy's whiskies are handmade from the pure heart of each distillation and her Troy & Sons Platinum recently received a gold medal for moonshine, the highest possible rating.

Troy lives outside Asheville, North Carolina with Charlie and two of their three grown sons, Marshall and Coulton, who have special needs. The book is a memoir of her struggles and success.

Special thanks to our Sponsors and Partners:

Kelley Brands, Realtor, RE/MAX Partners, (843) 231-4631

The Morris Museum of Art, currently featuring American Paintings from the Collection of Wesleyan College

Books are provided by The Book Tavern, an independent bookstore and staple in the downtown Augusta community selling new, used and rare books in the historic J.B. White & Co. Department Store building.

Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar is located at 491 Highland Avenue in Surrey Center, featuring clean and modern Southern cuisine with the charm and tradition reserved for high company. Stay for dinner! Call (706) 738-6491 to make your 7:00 reservation.


Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster House (View)
491 Highland Avenue
Augusta, GA 30909
United States


Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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