Blackwater Distilling & Tavern, Stevensville

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Must see · Distillery · Food & Drink
Maryland’s distilling roots run deep. Prior to Prohibition, Maryland proudly produced what was widely regarded to be the nation’s finest whiskey, a distinct style called Maryland Rye. During the 13 years of Prohibition, Maryland’s enterprising farmers continued to turn their plentiful harvests into high-proof “swamp lightning” in stills hidden among the coves, inlets, and marshes of the Chesapeake. Oystermen and crabbers smuggled the “good stuff” up and down the Bay, evading Federal Revenue agents and the Coast Guard, finding safe haven among the close-lipped communities that lined the tidewater.

But rarely did they face harassment from local authorities. Maryland, the only state never to enact a Prohibition enforcement law, was known as the “wettest state” during the 13 years of national Prohibition. It was during this time that Maryland figures such as Governor Albert Richie and author and Baltimore Sunpapers columnist H.L. Mencken rose to national fame for their vehement opposition to what they viewed as an egregious overreach of Federal authority, and rumrunners like Pete “King James” Kelly rose to infamy.

At Blackwater Distilling, Maryland’s first fully-licensed beverage alcohol distillery since 1972, we celebrate this brash, enterprising, and fiercely independent spirit, as well as the farmers, bootleggers, and rumrunners who kept the “good stuff” flowing while the rest of the nation ran dry. Like the enterprising farmers and watermen of the 1920s and 1930s, it is our mission to produce the highest quality spirits from quality, local ingredients, preserving one of Maryland’s finest traditions.
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  • Stopped here because of the reviews on TA, and LOVED it! The server was so nice, and really knew his stuff, but you have to deliver with the product, and they do in spades! Wish this place was close.....  more »
  • By far the best distillery tour we have enjoyed. Great tour and staff. A don't miss for a fun afternoon  more »
  • Great spot. Plenty of beer on tap and good cocktails. Food vendors are in and out, so check their schedule. They do have some really good salsa and queso at the bar if no one is serving food. We bring the kids all the time and always feel welcome with them.
  • Local distillery with several variations of craft whiskeys, rums and vodkas. Finishing Barrel Series of whiskeys are aged in port and sherry casks. Flavored vodkas and runs, even a port barrel aged vodka. Also serves local craft microbrew beers. Food delivery is available. Bottles are available for purchase on site or in local liquor stores.

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