Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka going national

I've reported several times this year (here and here) on the new sensation Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka that was introduced in April.

It had at first been available only in South Carolina, although it is made in Folorida from grapes grown on South Carolina's Wadmalaw Island. It spread quickly to 10 or so states. Now, the Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has begun producing the vodka in a joint venture that will allow production to ramp up enough to go nationwide.

The deal with Buffalo Trace does not include Firefly's other vodka, a muscadine wine flavor.

On a sour note, the owners of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka are being sued by Richard Patrick, a former employee who claims to have invented the flavored drink. He says he entered into a verbal agreement with company officials at the Irvin-House Vineyard and Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island. No public response so far from the company.

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