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A. Smith Bowman Distillery

A. Smith Bowman Distillery A. Smith Bowman Distillery is the oldest family-owned bourbon distillery in the United States. Founded in 1935 by Abram Smith Bowman and his sons, Smith and DeLong, the family enterprise began by producing bourbon on their farm at the end of Prohibition. Virginia Gentleman®, our hallmark bourbon, was first created as a "small-batch bourbon," a process which ensures meticulous control over the quality of each bottle.The distillery was originally located on Sunset Hills Farm, the Bowman family property in Fairfax County, Virginia, which is known today as Reston.

From Washington, D.C. and points North of Fredericksburg, Virginia, take Interstate 95 South. From Richmond, VA and points South of Fredericksburg, Virginia, take Interstate 95 North. Take Exit 130A (Fredericksburg/Route 3 East). Stay on Route 3 East for approximately 2 miles, going through 8 traffic lights (Note: Route 3 is named Plank Road right off of I-95. The name changes to William Street and then again to the Blue & Gray Parkway.) After the 8th light, take the exit for Route 2 & 17 (Dixon Street) and head south toward Bowling Green and Tappahannock. Go approximately ½ mile until you see a Mobil gas station on the left and a 7-11 convenience store on the right. Make a left onto Bowman Drive immediately after the Mobil gas station. A. Smith Bowman Distillery is through the brick gates. Visitor parking is on the left; Follow the “visitors” sign to the reception area.

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1 Bowman Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, US, 22408 Email:
Phone: 540-373-4555 Web:
Fax: 540-371-2236
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Unlike any other whiskey, this limited edition release is truly unique. Distilled in our copper pot-still, this first release of straight rye whiskey brings the full flavor, spice and complexity of rye whiskey to Virginia. Six hand selected barrels were chosen from the warehouse after more than 12 years of aging. This whiskey opens with a huge spicy aroma. The rye bursts onto the palate with undertones of mint, cinnamon and tobacco. The finish lingers like hot cider on a cold day. Our great great grandfathers would love this stuff. Sip slowly, straight or on the rocks.
John, Abraham, Joseph and Isaac Bowman were Virginia militia officers in the American Revolutionary War. In 1779, they led thirty pioneer families to Madison County, Kentucky and established Bowman's Station. Later, the brothers helped establish and settle Fayette County. They were legends, admired and respected by fellow settlers for their courage and bravery. This hand-crafted bourbon whiskey is a tribute to these four heroic Bowman Brothers. Tasting Notes: This small batch bourbon has been distilled three times using the finest corn, rye and malted barley. Our unique copper still produces a flavor like no other bourbon. After many years of aging in new charred oak barrels, this 90 proof Virginia bourbon whiskey will please even those with the most discerning tastes. The nose is warm like the Virginia summer. Its complex flavor has hints of vanilla and oak, while the finish is smooth and mellow like a quiet night on the front porch. Enjoy straight, over ice or with a splash of water.
  Deep Run Pioneer Spirit Virginia Vodka
Deep Run Vodka is handcrafted in very small batches to guarantee utmost quality. Smooth like waves rolling into Virginia Beach and as crisp as the night air in autumn. Deep Run is bottled by hand at the A. Smith Bowman distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This locally made vodka is distilled seven times for a wonderfully smooth and perfectly clean taste. Drink over ice or in your favorite cocktail.
  George Bowman Pioneer Spirit Colonial Era Dark Caribbean Rum
This special pot-still rum has been distilled, aged and blended much like it was centuries ago. Imported from a small rum maker down south amidst the palm trees and sugar cane, this rum spent years aging in the Caribbean heat to garner its dark color and full flavor. This dark colonial era rum is hand bottled in Fredericksburg, Virginia, but the taste will remind you of warm Caribbean beaches. The subtle aroma of coconut and vanilla are followed by the rich flavors of molasses, honey and brown sugar. Drink straight, over ice or in your favorite rum cocktail.
  John J. Bowman Pioneer Spirit Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This bourbon whiskey has been hand selected from some of the oldest barrels in our warehouse. Each barrel rests years on end while Virginia's moderate, but ever-changing climate extracts the complex flavors from the oak and mellows the whiskey. When the time is right, these prime barrels are hand-bottled with care. This single barrel bourbon is 100 proof, but still smooth as the fall breeze. Its fragrant nose is followed by hints of toffee, leather, figs and almonds with a long dry finish. Drink straight or over ice.
  Sunset Hills Pioneer Spirit Gin
Meticulously distilled in small batches with juniper and other botanicals, Sunset Hills Gin has an amazingly light and smooth taste. This gin is more like a slow walk in the country than the 200 mph races over in Richmond. Every bottle is produced by hand for a fresh aromatic flavor and smooth taste that's not overpowering. Drink over ice or in a martini.
  Virginia Gentleman®
  Virginia Gentleman® Small Batch


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Scott Smith says...
Amazingly friendly and informative tour. The Master Distiller himself conducted us through with humor and an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of distilling. The end results were equally fantastic. Go. Go many times. Bring all your friends.