Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree Preview

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With 56 licensed distilleries and seven licenses pending, the number of operational distilleries in Virginia is the largest in the nation, nearly doubling that of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. As the South’s palate for distilled spirits becomes more adventurous, the nation’s finest master producers are inspired to experiment with a great variety of spirit derivatives, ranging from the original bourbon whiskey to rye, single malt, moonshine, rum, brandy, vodka and gin. Virginia distillers also craft several lesser known and unique spirits like absinthe, pastis, aquavit and a plethora of flavored liqueurs.

To commemorate Virginia, the “Birthplace of American Spirits,” Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Virginia Distillers Association are hosting the first ever Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree to celebrate the commonwealth’s resurgence in the whiskey-making world. The celebration of music and crafted cocktails will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This exclusive 21-and-over event will be the first of its kind in Southeast Virginia, allowing guests to sample impeccable, locally-made spirits from across the commonwealth. Several Virginia distilleries will be participating in the Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree, including A. Smith Bowman Distillery of Fredericksburg; Belmont Farm Distillery of Culpeper; Belle Isle Craft Spirits of Richmond; Catoctin Creek Distilling Company of Purcellville; Chesapeake Bay Distillery of Virginia Beach; Reservoir Distillery of Richmond; Virginia Distillery Company of Lovingston; and more.



Event tickets are available for purchase online in advance for $50 or at the door for $60. With the purchase of a general admission ticket, each guest will receive a complimentary, one year subscription to Coastal Virginia Magazine, a commemorative Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree tasting glass and a tasting bracelet that is valid for up to 20 spirit samples or 10 mixed drink tastings. The two tasting options may be combined.

For those interested in pairing their tastings with a deliciously crafted meal, a combined food tasting and event ticket will be available for purchase online in advance only for $90. Food tasting ticket holders can preorder fabulous and flavorful menu items, including the Upscale All-American Beef Tenderloin, Chesapeake Bay Sliders, Taco de Cerdo, and Piadina Rustica—all prepared at the Virginia Beach Convention Center’s Distinctive Gourmet, which locally sources many of its ingredients. “For our seafood and a lot of our produce, we go to the farmers market down the road,” shares Executive Chef Desiree Neal. In addition, Distinctive Gourmet has its own on-site garden where they grow anything from herbs, peppers, cucumbers and melons to flavor their fantastic menu options.

Sales for the food tasting ticket will end Tuesday, October 31. Separate concession items will be available for purchase at the event for general admission guests.

For more information on the event and for ticket sales, visit

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