As a small and privately-owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery is proud to share the history behind its strong Virginian roots, offer complimentary tours and tastings on a regular basis, and put its operation on the map as home of the “World’s Best Bourbon” two years in a row. Through these things and more, A. Smith Bowman shows its Virginia spirit.
My journey in the liquor business started 30 years ago as an 18-year-old bar back. When I turned 21, I began slinging drinks professionally in Richmond at the Commercial Tap House. This led to my first appreciation of finely crafted spirits in the early 90s, drinking the popular scotches of the day such as MacAllan, Lagavulin, Springbank, Laphroaig.
For over 200 years, our ancestors in the Strickler (now Foley) families have farmed the same land on the floor of the Page Valley. We’re located in the shadow of the Massanutten Mountain, where fertile land and easy access to water for irrigation have allowed for top quality grain production. Our location is a quarter mile up the hill from the Shenandoah River, hence our name, River Hill Distillery.