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Delta Dirt Distillery is a family-owned, craft distillery located in the richest farmland in the country - the Arkansas Delta. They grow their own produce and grains in the same community where these authentic spirits are distilled, which makes them unique in the American distilling industry. The Williams family have deep roots in Arkansas and have farmed their land in Phillips County for four generations.

“Papa” Joe Williams was the patriarch who sharecropped the original 86 acres in the late 1800s. His son U.D. Williams farmed that same stretch of land, but was able to do something rare and special - in 1949, he purchased the farm out of sharecropping with money earned from cotton and homemade moonshine. Yes, that’s right, corn-liquor moonshine. The next generation farmer was Harvey Sr., who inherited the difficult task of trying to make a living farming on relatively few acres. Options were limited, and tough decisions were required. He had to either acquire enough land to sustain row crop farming, give up - or diversify the operation. He chose the latter and reinvented the farm for vegetable production, mainly sweet potatoes. He later added squash to the lineup and shipped both into national distribution.

In 2017, sweet potatoes would have a rebirth on the Williams farm, but this time with innovation that served to reinvent the operation once again. After a conversation with his brother Kennard, Harvey Jr. became intrigued by the idea of crafting a vodka from their sweet potatoes. After nearly three years and a lot of trial and error, Harvey, his wife Donna and their son Thomas released Sweet Blend Vodka - produced from a unique mix of distilled sweet potatoes and corn. It was quickly recognized as an exceptional vodka and was validated with top awards in U.S. and international competitions. With its enticing aroma and delightfully smooth taste, Delta Dirt’s Sweet Blend proves that amazing is possible when families persevere through the present and innovate for the future.

The Delta Dirt Timeline

  • December 20, 2020

    Delta Dirt Distillery produces the first case of Sweet Blend Vodka

  • April 1, 2021

    Delta Dirt Distillery hosts a grand opening event with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the distillery and tasting room to the public

  • November 1, 2021

    Delta Dirt Distillery Sweet Blend Vodka officially launches statewide distribution in Arkansas

  • April 2, 2022

    One day after the first anniversary of Delta Dirt Distillery, Delta Dirt releases its second product, Tall Cotton Gin

  • April–July 2022

    Sweet Blend Vodka racks up prestigious awards, including Double Gold in the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Triple Gold in the 2022 MicroLiquor Spirit Competition and Best of Class for Vodka in the 2022 American Craft Spirits Association

  • 2023

    Delta Dirt Distillery products available in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Pennsylvania

Williams Family

  • Joe Williams

    Papa Joe

    Original farmer and sharecropper in late 1800’s

  • U.D. Williams

    Daddy D

    Bought farm out of sharecropping in 1949

  • Harvey Williams, Sr

    As a matter of survival, converted farm to predominantly vegetable

  • Kennard & Andre Williams

    Continued farm operations after Harvey Sr. passed which includes growing sweet potatoes and other raw ingredients for the distillery

    Kennard and Andre Williams
  • Harvey, Jr & Donna Williams

    Started a farm-to-bottle craft distillery in 2017, launching sweet potato vodka as its staple spirit

  • Thomas Williams

    Youngest child of Donna and Harvey Jr. and head distiller who helped craft award-winning vodka; now leads all marketing and brand building initiatives

  • Donavan Williams

    Eldest son of Donna and Harvey Jr. who joined the team shortly after opening and learned every aspect of the business, including distilling, bottling, and brand building - now taking on new role leading sales and distribution

    Donavan Williams