Ragged Branch Distillery

The Ragged Branch mission is all about creating excellent, independently handcrafted bourbon while adhering to the time-honored traditions and distillation processes of bourbon artisan Dave Pickerell. Beginning with locally grown crops, we produce a rich mash that we carefully distill and age, resulting in a smooth, full flavor. The remaining mash feeds their cattle, which shapes the robust character of our Ragged Branch Bourbon Beef. Every aspect of the process reflects conscientious stewardship of the land and a firm commitment to creating a true taste of the commonwealth.

Founded in 2010, Ragged Branch was born of Alex Toomy’s desire to establish a bourbon distillery in the Ragged Mountains outside Charlottesville, Virginia with his friends and colleagues, Chris Sarpy and Russell Nance. Wanting to learn from the best, the partners consulted with bourbon artisan Dave Pickerell, who taught them the time-honored, old-school methods of producing straight bourbon whiskey. From the beginning, Ragged Branch has been committed to crafting the finest, authentic Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey with no short-cuts. Ragged Branch has not purchased alcohol from other distillers nor has it sold un-aged spirits. Each bottle of Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was painstakingly distilled and patiently aged at Ragged Branch. This commitment to tradition, patience, excellence, and locality is reflected in the smooth, full flavor of Ragged Branch Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

We also offer Ragged Branch Bourbon Beef—prime cuts and hamburger from our cattle, fed with the residual mash from the distillation process.


Virginia Straight Bourbon Wheated

Virginia Straight Bourbon Rye

Virginia Straight Rye Whiskey- Still being aged in our barrel barn

Craft Cocktails


1015 Taylors Gap Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

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Opening hours

Thursday-Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday 12pm-8pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Thursday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

Distillery Hours
Open Daily 10am-6pm

Distillery Tours
Open Daily 12pm-2pm & 3pm-4:30pm