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  • Washington, DC – The Virginia Distillers Association (VDA) joined 45 distilled spirits producers from across the country who gathered in Washington, D.C. June 20-21 for the Distilled Spirits Council’s eighth annual Public Policy Conference. Catoctin Creek Distillery, Copper Fox Distillery, KO Distilling, Ragged Branch Distillery, Virginia Distillery Company, and Vitae Spirits Distillery participated in more than six Congressional visits with their home state legislators to urge lowering the punitively high federal excise tax rate on spirits such as whiskey, vodka, rum and other distilled spirits products, and discuss other issues of importance to the sector...

  • RICHMOND, VA (February 28) - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Filibuster Distillery will invest $795,000 to expand their whiskey production operation in Shenandoah County and create eight new jobs over the next three years. The company will source 100% of its corn and rye from Virginia farmers, committing to purchase over 1.57 million pounds of grain. “I applaud Filibuster Distillery’s continued investment in Shenandoah County,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Their expansion will create needed jobs and investment in the Shenandoah Valley, and contribute to Virginia’s reputation as a world-class craft beverage producer. This AFID grant leverages our diverse agriculture industry, one of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets, to help build the new Virginia economy.”

  • Richmond, VA (February 27, 2017) – Last week, Governor Terry McAuliffe formally signed off on Senate Bill 1448 and House Bill 2029 which are identical bills presented by the Virginia Distillers Association (VDA); which will enable Virginia distilleries to sell bottles at events conducted for the purpose of featuring and educating the consuming public about spirits effective July 1, 2017. VDA President and CEO of Virginia Distillery Company Gareth Moore said in a statement, “Virginia legislators are becoming much more enthusiastic and supportive of Virginia’s burgeoning craft spirits industry; this recent legislation is a success for expanding market access in partnership with Virginia ABC. The VDA would like to thank Senator Creigh Deeds, Delegates Nick Freitas and Kaye Kory; the patrons of the legislation, for their support of our growing industry.”

  • Richmond, VA (February 8, 2017) – Last week members of the Virginia Distillers Association (VDA) visited the State Capitol during their first Annual Legislative Day to thank their Senators and Delegates for their support of Senate Bill 1448 and House Bill 2029, which are identical bills designed to allow Virginia distilleries to sell bottles at events conducted for the purpose of featuring and educating the consuming public about spirits. The bills have been ushered through the first-half of the General Assembly session with unanimous bipartisan support from the Senate and the House; and are proceeding into crossover this week for subsequent review...

  • Roanoke, VA (November 5, 2016) – Sip and savor Virginia spirits at the first-ever 100% made-in-Virginia distilled spirits festival; which will be the largest consumer event for in-state distillers on the East Coast, all under one roof! Patrons of the Virginia Craft Spirits Showcase will meet Master Distillers from more than 20 Virginia distilleries, sample unique cocktails, and get new recipes. All in a fun atmosphere with live music, a food truck from Martins Downtown Bar & Grill, additional food vendors, and a sampling of some of the best Virginia craft beers. Live music provided by My Radio Band. Plus, at the end of the Showcase there will be an interactive Battle of the Bartenders Competition to determine the best Virginia cocktail crafted by regional mixologists!

VA Spirits Articles

  • Put down the necktie. Walk away from the cologne counter. Don’t even think about looking at another wallet. The answer to your Father’s Day gift solution couldn’t be more obvious if it walked up to you and handed you a calling card. BOOZE. Hooch. Liquor. The Nectar of the Gods....

  • Compared to taxes on alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, distilled spirits are taxed at much higher rates across the states, ostensibly to adjust for higher alcohol content. Today’s map shows how spirit excise taxes in your state compare. Washington has the highest spirit excise tax rate at $33.54 per gallon, followed by Oregon ($22.74), Virginia ($19.86), Alabama ($18.25), and Alaska ($12.80)....

  • A veteran-owned distillery is giving fellow vets discounts for Memorial Day weekend. KO Distillery in Prince William County, Virginia has been distilling for two years, using all local ingredients in its whiskeys and gins. The owners served together in the Merchant Marines and drew some product names from military history.

  • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (WVEC) - With about 40 distilleries in the state of Virginia, we’ve got a gem right here in our backyard! I visited Chesapeake Bay Distillery, where their message is: buy local. "I remember a lady came up to me and emphatically stated, 'You can't make vodka in Virginia.' Well, we were... we got a gold medal,” said Chris Richeson, who is a managing member at Chesapeake Bay Distillery...

  • Lovingston-based whisky maker the Virginia Distillery Company has introduced The Cask Society, an initiative which enables individuals or groups to buy a barrel of maturing liquid. The scheme, which offers personalised membership from US$9,900, allows participants to choose their own version of Virginia single malt whisky by selecting casks based on barrel type, ageing length and bottling strength. Cask types on offer include ex-Bourbon barrels, treated wine casks, and ex-Sherry butts. Ageing options range from four to 10-plus years, and bottling strengths vary from 46% abv up to natural cask strength.