Category: Journal

River Hill Distillery: Meet Virginia Makers

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.

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Infused Spirits 101: Featuring Belle Isle Craft Spirits

Rise and shine, folks! Today we’re going to discuss the topic of infused spirits and the value of authentic infusions versus chemical-compound infusions. I recently sat down with few of Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s most talented bartenders to get the facts straight, and to hear their take on the topic. I also chatted with the fellas at Belle Isle Craft Spirits to learn more about their approach to making artisanal infusions with their premium moonshines. But before I delve into that, let’s do a little infusion 101…

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Chesapeake Bay Distillery

Founded in 2005, Chesapeake Bay Distillery’s mission is to create spirits of exceptional quality featuring local ingredients and provide value to their patrons. Looks like their mission has already been accomplished; the distillery produces an award-winning ultra-premium vodka and rum lineup that includes Blue Ridge Vodka, Ghost Pepper Infused Vodka, and Chick’s Beach Rum…

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Copper Fox Distillery

A leader in the craft distillery movement, Rick Wasmund is the man and Master Distiller behind Copper Fox Distillery. Rick opened for business in 2005 at his first Copper Fox Distillery location in Sperryville, Virginia. After much success, he decided to open a second location this year in Williamsburg….

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Tastemaker: Mac McCormack of McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill, Richmond

William “Mac” McCormack is throwing out some serious Virginia spirit and elevating the way Richmonders drink one tipple at a time. By a landslide, he carries the largest selection of spirits in the Commonwealth, with 2,300 bottles of spirits at his Big Whisky Grill location in Regency Square. (Not to mention he runs Whisky Grill in the Fan and McCormack’s Irish Pub in the Bottom), quenching the thirst of River City residents and beyond…

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Belmont Farm Distillery

For over four centuries, our forefathers have been producing fresh whiskey in the hills of Virginia. In the last 30 years, however, this once elusive drink is available for all to enjoy. “I’m preserving a piece of America and having fun doing it,” says Chuck Miller, Master Distiller and owner of Belmont Farm Distillery. Formerly a military pilot during the Vietnam War, and later a commercial pilot, Chuck now steers bottles of spirits in the right direction…

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