Caiseal Spirits, by The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery

Caiseal Beer & Spirits Co. is produced and featured at The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery, located within a nationally registered historic armory in Hampton, VA. Founded in 2017, Caiseal (pronounced cash-el) small-batch spirits are distilled on site using a 1000L copper pot still. Caiseal is Gaelic for “ring fortress” which is represented in our brand but also harks back to the historic Hampton Armory in which we are housed. Built in 1936, when the building was not being used for military training or housing arms, this National Guard Armory was meant to serve as a communal center for Hampton. It was seen as a public auditorium, gymnasium and even a concert hall. National touring acts including Otis Redding and Clarence Clemons performed in the central drill hall.  The building is now listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance.

As our name suggests, we produce both beer and spirits which allows our Head Brewer & Distiller, Todd Emr, the ability to create unique flavor profiles and utilize brewing techniques to enhance the distillation process. Since our inception, Caiseal Beer & Spirits has produced a limited lineup of spirits including a Vodka, Gin and unaged Single Malt with more variety to come. Our barrel program will be a unique feature in the near future as the trade of the flavors between liquor and beer will give depth to our small-batch spirits and craft brews. For example, our Gin botanical basket not only includes fresh orange and lemon peel, but Cascade hops and our Single Malt was distilled using Ale yeast to provide a smooth unique flavor.

The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery is Virginia’s first co-located brewpub and distillery featuring a full restaurant, live entertainment venue and distillery tasting room. The restaurant features a seasonal menu with rotating daily specials while the venue provides live entertainment daily! The Vanguard hopes to bring that communal spirit back to the Hampton Armory by maintaining the classic industrial style while providing a communal center of live entertainment, craft brewing and small-batch distilling to the Hampton Roads region.

The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery is housed within the historic Hampton Armory in Hampton, Virginia. This premiere entertainment venue features Caiseal Beer & Spirits (pronounced “cashel”) brewed and distilled on site, daily live music from local and national musicians, and a full restaurant with seasonal menu, all paired with select craft cocktails and craft brews for your enjoyment!



Caiseal Vodka

Caiseal Gin

Caiseal Single Malt

Caiseal Whitestone Spirit


504 N King St, Hampton, VA 23669

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Opening hours

HOURS: Tasting Room, Tuesday - Thursday 4pm - 8pm; Friday 4pm - 9pm; Saturday 2pm - 9pm; Sunday 12am - 5pm; The Vanguard, Sunday - Thursday, 11am - 11pm; Friday - Saturday, 11am - 12am