A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg

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Distillery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
The Distillery Today

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. With the help of our trusty still, “Mary”, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients, crafted by hand, every step of the way. We have a passion for making premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers.

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  • Yes, all FREE. a 30 Plus minute tour by an expert on the oldest continual operating LEGAL distillery in the USA. Recently winning National and World wide awards for their bourbons and other...  more »
  • Wasn’t sure what to expect but it was raining out and with friends in for the weekend decided to try something new. Took the journey down to Fredericksburg to see the distillery. Arrived and walked...  more »
  • David was our guide, he was packed full of info and at times it was too much info about details that aren’t important and detracted from the interesting facts. It took over an hour to tour a tiny location. I’ve been on better tours elsewhere but this was worth the stop if you are in the area. It was interesting to learn they age with the barrels upright rather than on their sides as in a traditional method. Virginia has weird laws and can only taste 4 products. I was expecting better from a distiller who has won two world’s best bourbon awards. The port finished bourbon has an amazing nose and I was excited to taste. It had a strong bite and too much pepper for my taste, I prefer Angel’s Envy Rye which is smoother. I left without purchasing any bourbon. The gin is well done. It is a refreshing take on gin, smooth without an overwhelming juniper which I appreciate. It has nice citrus to it. Overall, it was so so. I’ve had better bourbon and better tours elsewhere.
  • Great tour for anyone interested in learning how a great bourbon whiskey is made. Michelle did an excellent job escorting our group around the facility, describing the history of the Bowman family and walking us through the process of making a great bourbon, vodka and standard whiskey. No door went unopened as we were able to see the distilling process from raw materials to bottling. The best part of the tour was having the chance to taste test four of the products made in house, FOR FREE!!! Thanks again the the Bowman staff for a great informative tour!!

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