A. Smith Bowman bought the Sunset Hills estate farm in 1927 and opened up a dairy and granary. The farm was so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain from his fields. In 1935, after the repeal of prohibition in the state of Virginia, he built and licensed the distillery. His sons maintained that tradition,, continuing to feed the distillery’s grains to the dairy cattle, which were known to be the most contented cows in Virginia. Producing exceptional bourbon for over 80 years, at A. Smith Bowman Distillery we strive to balance time-honored tradition with innovation and creativity in our continued production of premium bourbons and other fine spirits.
In response to the rising real estate prices and property taxes of Northern Virginia, in 1988 we moved our distillery to the current location in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location. With the installation of a new, custom micro-still in 2015, A. Smith Bowman Distillery is furthering the pioneering legacy and ingenuity of our founder with the expansion of its Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey series and the new A. Smith Bowman Distillery Experimental Series. The Experimental Series will expand to include a variety of gins, vodkas, rums and brandies. These experimental lines push the boundaries of tradition by creating custom recipes and incorporating unique wood types, exotic fermentables and local ingredients in the process.
In 2016 the distillery’s Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey: Port-Finished Bourbon was awarded the prestigious title of World’s Best Bourbon from the World Whiskies Awards hosted by Whisky Magazine. In 2017, A. Smith Bowman Distillery was honored again with the title of World’s Best Bourbon, this time for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon.
Located just a few miles off I-95, in Spotsylvania County, A. Smith Bowman Distillery offers free tours, departing every hour, Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Their gift shop, where you can purchase their premium spirits and other merchandise, is open until 5 p.m. Please allow about an hour for your visit.
Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon
John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon
Abraham Bowman Virginia Limited Edition Whiskey
George Bowman Colonial Era Dark Caribbean Rum
Deep Run Virginia Vodka
Sunset Hills Virginia Gin
1 Bowman Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
HOURS: Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday: Closed