September is Virginia Spirits Month:
Show Your Virginia Spirit!

To help celebrate September #VaSpiritsMonth we’ve enlisted the help of some of the coolest #VaSpirits Tastemakers in Virginia and Washington DC to tell the story of how they show their Virginia Spirit! All of our Tastemakers are cutting edge food & beverage professionals and have graciously offered up special #VaSpirits cocktails for the entire month of September at their restaurants. Below you will find a list of our esteemed #VaSpirits Tastemakers along with their special cocktails.

We will also be spotlighting Virginia distillers; so you can meet our Virginia makers, firsthand.

Tastemaker profiles will be shared daily, August 29 – September 31, 2016 and will include a detailed recipe of their September #VaSpiritsMonth cocktail(s). So be sure to check back into #VaSpirits Journal often!


 Charlottesville, Virginia:

Tavola Restaurant
826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-972-9463
Featured Tastemaker: Christian Johnston
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Fifty Faux Pas, featuring Virginia Distillery Company’s VA Highland Malt Whisky

The Alley Light
108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-296-5003
Featured Tastemaker: Micah LeMon
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Rose Hill Ruby, featuring Vitae Spirits Platinum Rum

The Local
824 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-984-9749
Featured Tastemaker: Alec Spidalieri
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Songbird, featuring Vitae Spirits Platinum Rum

The Whiskey Jar
227 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-202-1549
Featured Tastemaker: Leah Peeks
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Specials: The Charlottesville Ambrosia, featuring Vitae Spirits Platinum Rum & Appalachian Tea, featuring Filibuster Distillery Boondoggler


Hampton Roads, Virginia:

Blue Talon Bistro
420 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-476-2583
Featured Tastemaker: Chef David Everett
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Revolutionary Mojito, featuring Williamsburg Distillery Small Batch Silver Rum

Croc’s 19th Street Bistro
620 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-428-5444
Featured Tastemaker: Laura Wood Habr
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Specials: All Crocs “green drinks” feature Chesapeake Bay Distillery’s Blue Ridge Vodka

Harper’s Table
122 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone: 757-539-2000
Featured Tastemaker: Whitney Sacdalan & Chef Harper Bradshaw
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Specials: Filibuster Ransom, featuring Filibuster Distillery’s Dual Cask Rye & The Watermelon Daisy, featuring James River Distillery’s Commonwealth Gin

Simple Eats
3152 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-962-3676
Featured Tastemakers: Eddie and Sandy Schmidtmann
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Kentucky Mule, featuring Filibuster Dual Cask Rye Bourbon & Strawberry, Pineapple, Basil Mist, featuring Chesapeake Bay Distillery’s Blue Ridge Vodka


Northern Virginia / Washington DC:

Brine Restaurant
2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703-280-1000
Featured Tastemaker: Chef John Critchley
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Gin & Juice, featuring James River Distillery’s Commonwealth Gin

Columbia Room
124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-316-9396
Featured Tastemaker: JP Fetherston
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Second Row, featuring Virginia Distillery Company’s VA Highland Malt Whisky

Drink Company
1825 7th Street NW Suite 1004, Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202-316-9396
Featured Tastemaker: Derek Brown

Eat The Rich
1839 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-316-9396
Featured Tastemaker: Paul Trahan Taylor
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Capitol Dill, featuring James River Distillery Øster Vit

Iron Gate Restaurant
1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-524-5202
Featured Tastemaker: Nick Farrell
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Duck, Duck, Booze, featuring Filibuster Bourbon Whiskey, and Virginia Distillery Company’s VA Highland Malt Whisky

Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-544-4702
Featured Tastemaker: Melissa Smith
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Chesapeake Negroni, featuring James River Distillery’s Øster Vit

Ripple
3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-244-7995
Featured Tastemaker: Maurice “Mo” Cherry
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Laird’s Longboard, featuring Laird’s Applejack

Southern Efficiency
1841 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-316-9396
Featured Tastemaker: Paul Trahan Taylor
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: Flight of Filibuster Whiskies

VaFoodie
205 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 667-6646
Featured Tastemakers: The Water Street Design Team


Richmond, Virginia:

Comfort
200 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-780-0004
Featured Tastemaker: Michael Hanbury & Chef Jason Alley
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Heritage
1627 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-353-4060
Featured Tastemaker: Mattias Hägglund & Chef Joe Sparatta
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Demogorgan, featuring Virginia Distillery Company’s VA Highland Malt Whisky

Mama J’s
415 N 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-225-7449
Featured Tastemaker: Kelli Lemon
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Tennyson Martini, featuring KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill (Regency Square)
1420 N Parham Rd M226, Richmond, VA 23229
Phone: (804) 740-4000
Featured Tastemaker: Mac McCormack

Pasture
416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-780-0416
Featured Tastemaker: Beth Dixon
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Front Royal, featuring KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin & James River Distillery Øster Vit

Quirk Hotel – Maple & Pine Restaurant
201 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-340-6040
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: W.W. Pool, featuring James River Distillery’s Commonwealth Gin

Rappahannock Restaurant
320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-545-0565
Featured Tastemaker: Paul Kirk & Chef Dylan Fultineer
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Special: The Hedgeman’s Reviver, featuring James River Distillery’s Øster Vit

The Roosevelt
623 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone: 804-658-1935
Featured Tastemaker: Thomas “T” Leggett & Chef Lee Gregory
September #VaSpiritsMonth Drink Specials: Forgiveness, Not Permission, featuring KO Distilling Battle Standard Navy Strength Gin & The Jackalope featuring Laird’s 100 Proof Applejack