1861 Distillery hosts Feb. 1 Covey Pop-Up Event

Jan. 23—THOMASVILLE- The Covey Film Festival's slate of regular screenings continues through January 29, but a unique, separately ticketed pop-up event is set for Thursday, February 1, at Thomasville's local independent distillery.

Hosted by 1861 Distillery, the event features a screening of the film "Neat: The Story of Bourbon," along with dinner and a bourbon tasting, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the ongoing educational and enrichment programs of the Thomasville Community Resource Center.

Tickets are $100 per person, which includes the screening, a barbecue sandwich dinner and a tasting of locally produced bourbons, led by Freddie Johnson — a legend of the industry who appears in the film "Neat" — and Brian Higgins of 1861 Distillery, as well as several commemorative take-aways.

"Neat: The Story of Bourbon" dives into the rich and storied world of the whiskey, exploring and celebrating the history, charismatic characters and unique process of America's only native spirit.

Seating is limited for the signature event, which takes place at 1861 Distillery's 314 Smith Avenue location, and advanced tickets are required. More information and tickets are available at

Since its inception, Covey Film Festival has raised well over $100,000 to help fund educational and enrichment programs at TCRC, which now serves more than 500 children, their families and the community in multiple locations in Thomas, Brooks, Grady and Mitchell counties. The Thomasville Community Resource Center seeks to empower youth and families through alternative community based programs, built on a foundation of prevention, education and preparation.