September 16, 2017: 2nd Annual Virginia Craft Spirits Showcase

Meet over 20 Virginia distillers as you eat, relax, and indulge in unique Virginia-made distilled spirits at the 2nd Annual Virginia Spirits Showcase. This year's Showcase will be even more exciting than last year's event, which was the first of its...

Infused Spirits 101: Featuring Belle Isle Craft Spirits

Rise and shine, folks! Today we’re going to discuss the topic of infused spirits and the value of authentic infusions versus chemical-compound infusions. I recently sat down with few of Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s most talented bartenders to...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Chesapeake Bay Distillery

Founded in 2005, Chesapeake Bay Distillery’s mission is to create spirits of exceptional quality featuring local ingredients and provide value to their patrons. Looks like their mission has already been accomplished; the distillery produces an...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Copper Fox Distillery

A leader in the craft distillery movement, Rick Wasmund is the man and Master Distiller behind Copper Fox Distillery. Rick opened for business in 2005 at his first Copper Fox Distillery location in Sperryville, Virginia. After much success, he...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemaker: Mac McCormack of...

William “Mac” McCormack is throwing out some serious Virginia spirit and elevating the way Richmonders drink one tipple at a time. By a landslide, he carries the largest selection of spirits in the Commonwealth, with 2,300 bottles of spirits at...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Belmont Farm Distillery

For over four centuries, our forefathers have been producing fresh whiskey in the hills of Virginia. In the last 30 years, however, this once elusive drink is available for all to enjoy. “I’m preserving a piece of America and having fun doing...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemakers: Melissa Smith of...

Melissa Smith is the enthusiastic Bar Manager for what the Wall Street Journal affectionately calls “One of the Best Oyster Bars in the Country”, Rappahannock Oyster Bar inside Union Market in Washington, D.C. Local products are an integral part...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Dry Fork Fruit Distillery

Dry Fork Fruit Distillery in Patrick County makes moonshine that is completely legal, with a touch of renegade thrown in. Learn more about how partners Vince Puccio and Tom Willis produce moonshine at Dry Fork Fruit Distillery and why it is so...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Williamsburg Distillery

“Distilling the American Spirit” is the slogan for Williamsburg newest culinary installation, Williamsburg Distillery. Now open, but three years in the making, Dr. Bill and Yvonne Dodson own and operate the colonial themed micro-craft...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemakers: Eddie & Sandy...

At Simple Eats Virginia Beach, Eddie and Sandy Schmidtmann believe that supporting local farmers and producers is the best way to serve up simple, delicious food. Their menu even proclaims, “Where local people gather for local food,” before...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemakers: Michael Hanbury &...

Did you know Comfort Restaurant in Richmond has a 100%-inspired #VaSpirits cocktail list? Michael Hanbury, Bar Manager explains “Our entire cocktail program is based off of spirits made here in Virginia. We do a weekly drink special that is also...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Vitae Spirits Distillery

As the first distillery in Charlottesville city limits to broadly distribute its products Vitae Spirits is stirring up A LOT of excitement. The restaurant community and consumers alike can’t stop talking about Vitae’s Platinum Rum, Golden Rum...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemakers: the VA Foodie Team...

If you’re a fan of learning more about new and unique Virginia farmers and producers, then following Va Foodie on social media is a must! @VaFoodie is the love child of a group of marketing geeks who are self-proclaimed food aficionados at Water...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Catoctin Creek Distillery

Founded in 2009, Catoctin Creek is Loudoun County’s first legal distillery since prior to Prohibition, producing both organic and kosher spirits entirely from scratch. Scott Harris is the enthusiastic co-founder/general manager and husband to...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Filibuster Distillery

We recently sat down with the folks from Filibuster Distillery to talk about how they approach making whiskey in Virginia. Located in the beautiful setting of Mauretown in Shenandoah Valley, the facility is about an hour drive from Washington DC on...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemaker: Derek Brown of Drink...

Based in Washington D.C., Drink Company is an empire that is, simply stated, helping all of us to drink better. Drink Company is headed by cocktail and spirits expert Derek Brown, who is a steward of Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic foodshed. As he...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: KO Distilling

After two and a half years of planning, building, testing, and sampling, KO Distilling opened its doors to the public on September 12, 2015. They became the first distillery to produce spirits inside the borders of Manassas, VA, since Prohibition...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: James River Distillery

Spirits don’t get much more Virginian than those flowing from the River City’s very own James River Distillery. Consider the award-winning Commonwealth Gin, which is made with Virginia-grown organic corn. Head Distiller Dwight Chew says, “We...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemaker: Christian Johnston of...

Christian Johnston is the Bar Manager for Tavola Restaurant and a mad genius. Don’t believe me? Look at the level of detail he put into his cocktail recipes for September #VaSpiritsMonth. Christian’s career started out by working as a sous chef...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemaker: Kelli Lemon of Mama...

Kelli Lemon never has idle hands! When she’s not busy managing Mama J’s Restaurant, she’s working as an on-air personality for Radio One Richmond. Oh, and she also hosts her own show, Coffee with Strangers, which features original and...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Ironclad Distillery

“Respect the past. Look to the future.” That’s the Ironclad rule. Their name pays tribute to the Civil Way story, the Battle of the Ironclads. Today in an historic warehouse with the old battle site in view, that 154-year-old story still...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemaker: David Everett of Blue...

Without hesitation, it’s easy to say Chef David Everett has paved the way for Williamsburg, Virginia, to become a culinary destination. He owns and operates Blue Talon Bistro, The Trellis Bar & Grill, DoG Street Pub, The Blackbird Bakery and Hair...

September #VaSpiritsMonth Tastemakers: Chef Harper Bradshaw...

The folks at Harper’s Table show their ”Virginia spirit” year-round. That’s why we picked them as featured Tastemakers for September #VaSpiritsMonth. Executive Chef and Owner Harper Bradshaw has a deep respect for local traditions; and the...

September #VaSpiritsMonth: Virginia Distillery Company

Virginia Distillery Company is taking time-tried traditions of single malt whisky production and blazing the trail for American single malt. With an uncompromising attitude towards quality, they give rise to whisky that’s theirs and theirs alone.