Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree Preview
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Care for some cuisine with your cocktails? Let us plan your evening by selecting a food and general admission ticket prior to the event. Choose one of the mouthwatering options below to savor as you sip.
Freshly carved, black pepper-seared beef tenderloin, topped with crispy, Tabasco fried onions served with truffle whipped mashed potatoes.
Chesapeake Bay Slider
Pan-seared Chesapeake Bay crab cake accented with a red brick rémoulade served with an autumn harvest apple slaw
Taco De Cerdo
Juicy pulled pork served in warm miniature flour tortillas topped with pickled slaw and pico de gallo
Soft flatbread pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, spinach and heirloom tomatoes drizzled with a balsamic reduction
Food and general admission tickets are $90 and may only be purchased in advance by Oct. 31. Separate concession items will be available for purchase at the event for general admission guests.
Move Over, Kentucky
Despite Kentucky’s abundance of centuries-old distilleries and legendary Bourbon Trail, bourbon has been mistakenly celebrated as a purely Kentuckian tradition for nearly two and a half centuries. Bourbon County—the namesake and birthplace of the beloved brown liquor—was established as an 18th century Virginia province prior to its settlement as a small town in modern day Kentucky.Virginia’s spirit-producing roots are grounded even further back in history when George Thorpe, a famed Virginia colonist and whiskey pioneer, distilled America’s first batch of whiskey in 1620. His creation became nearly as revolutionary as the Jamestown settlement itself, transforming leftover cattle feed into delicious malt whiskey and thrusting America even deeper into the throngs of commercial trade.
Featured Participating Distilleries
Belmont Farm Distillery
Belmont Farm Distillery was founded in 1988 by Chuck and Jeanette Miller in Culpeper, VA. Chuck, along with Jay Durkee (our son-in-law), operate the distillery producing award winning products like Virginia Lightning Corn Whiskey, Moonshine, Apple Pie, Cherry, Peach and Butterscotch. Also produced are our award winning Kopper Kettle products, Virginia Whiskey, Apple Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka and our newest product, Bourbon. Jeanette owns and manages the gift shop and distillery store. The tours are free and tastings are available for a small fee. Operating days and hours are April through December, Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm.
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company was founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris. The first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition, they’re using local and organic ingredients to produce a variety of small-batch craft spirits, including the flagship Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whiskey.
Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Located at the intersection of 17th Street and Baltic Avenue, our new facility features a Virginia ABC store and the Blue Ridge Tasting Room. Per Virginia ABC requirements, the tasting event allows for four one half ounce samples of alcohol. These are available for our patrons at $7. Tours are available noon–4pm on Saturdays at no charge for our patrons. Please inquire on private events. Bottles available through our Virginia Beach onsite store include Spirits of the Blue Ridge Vodka, Ghost Pepper Flavored Vodka, Lemon Liqueur, and Chick’s Beach Rum.
Ragged Branch Distillery
Ragged Branch is committed to crafting the finest, authentic Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey with no short-cuts. Each bottle of Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was painstakingly distilled and patiently aged at Ragged Branch. This commitment to tradition, patience, excellence, and locality is reflected in the smooth, full flavor of Ragged Branch Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Visit here for the complete list of distilleries that will be at Coastal Virginia Spirits Soiree.