VA Spirits Articles

  • 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.

  • The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is adding 29 new products to its catalog of more than 3,000 distilled spirits, Virginia wines and mixers. A number of new Virginia products from regions spanning the commonwealth are among this new class of spirits, including Kopper Kettle Bonded Virginia Whiskey, Dr. Stoner’s Smoky Herb Whiskey and Fresh Herb Vodka, McCauley’s Virginia Bourbon Whiskey and Scratch Corn Whiskey — a dream come true for lovers of Virginia spirits. “Virginia ABC strives to provide a fresh mix of products across different brands, sizes and price points,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “As always, we’re excited to offer so many great products made here in Virginia...”

  • Virginia Distillery Co. and head distiller Ian Thomas and his team must be doing something right. Using what CEO Gareth Moore calls a unique approach, VDC has produced a whisky that recently won yet another prestigious award. In a blind-tasting competition, Virginia Distillery’s flagship Virginia Highland Malt Whisky was judged “Best American Single Malt Whisky” at the World Whiskies Awards...

  • Four months ago, a wildfire ravaged more than 1,500 acres in Lovingston. Now, Virginia Distillery Company, which was a little too close for comfort to the fire, hopes to give back to the individuals who kept Nelson residents, buildings and homes safe with the re-lease of a new whisky. Net proceeds from sales of the Nelson County First Responders Single Cask, which is available in bottles or in tastings at the company’s visitors center in Lovingston, will be donated to Nelson County first responder teams.