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Where to Tour a Distillery Near D.C.

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The number of independent distillers continues to grow in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. Many now offer lounges for quaffing cocktails made with their own vodka, rum, gin, or whiskey. The splashiest debut in the area came in December with the opening of Todd Thrasher’s Tiki TNT, a three-story cocktail bar specializing in tiki drinks. Potomac Distilling Company will be bottling Thrasher’s Rum in the same facility soon.

Old Line Spirits in Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood unveiled its cocktail lounge in the spring. Two other Maryland distilleries, Lost Ark Distilling Co. in Columbia and Blackwater Distilling on the Eastern Shore, are expanding their operations with a cocktail lounge and a tavern, respectively.

These 21 distilleries are all within a two-hour drive of D.C. Many offer private tours — some free and some for a fee — for guests who book ahead.

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1. White Tiger Distillery, LLC

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1659 Robin Cir ste-e
Forest Hill, MD 21050
(443) 371-6147
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White Tiger uses a family recipe to produce its Laotian style craft whisky. It offers tours and tastings Thursday through Sunday by appointment at its distillery, which opened this year in Harford County, Maryland.

2. Dragon Distillery

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1341 Hughes Ford Rd Ste 108
Frederick, MD 21701

Producing moonshine, bourbon, whisky, gin, rum and vodka Dragon Distillery offers tours and tastings Friday through Sunday and by appointment other times. Pick up one of their four canned cocktails, such as the citrus vodka and tonic. 

3. Baltimore Spirits Company

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1700 W 41st St #430
Baltimore, MD 21211
(443) 687-9099
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Baltimore Spirits offers tastings of its whisky, gin, apple brandy, apple liqueur, and amaro at its new Union Collective location Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons.

4. Old Line Spirits

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200 S Janney St
Baltimore, MD 21224
(443) 218-9984
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The Highlandtown establishment opened Baltimore’s first distillery cocktail lounge in the spring of 2018 with selections that highlight its rum and whisky. 

5. Sagamore Spirit Distillery

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301 E Cromwell St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 624-7488
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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s five-acre distillery offers a truly immersive experience with interactive exhibits on the history of Maryland rye whiskey, a tour of the production facility, and tastings. The whiskey is made with spring water from Plank’s Sagamore Farm. On a nice day, drink in the waterfront views on the patio.

6. Lost Ark Distilling Company

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9570 Berger Rd L
Columbia, MD 21046
(443) 279-6178
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The Howard County distillery offers tours and samples of its rum and whisky. In the summer of 2019 it will add a cocktail lounge with a full bar that serves drinks made with its spirits. 

7. Catoctin Creek Distillery

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120 W Main St, Purcellville
VA, 20132
(540) 751-8404
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The Loudoun County maker of whisky, gin, and brandy offers tours and tastings that can be booked online from Tuesday through Saturday. The distillery also sells syrups, tonic syrups, and bitters. 

8. Twin Valley Distillers

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711 E Gude Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 421-1115
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The Montgomery County distillery offers weekend tastings of its whisky, liqueurs, gin and vodka. 

9. Blackwater Distilling

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184 Log Canoe Cir, Stevensville
MD, 21666

The maker of Sloop Betty vodka and Picaroon Maryland rum bills itself as the Free State’s first distillery. It’s open for tours and tastings daily. Blackwater offers afternoon tours hourly seven days a week. Its full-service bar will open soon. 

10. Don Ciccio & Figli

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6031 Kansas Ave
Washington, D.C.

Limoncello, amaro, and a host of artisanal Italian liqueurs whisk guests to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Tours and tastings are offered Saturday afternoon. 

11. District Distilling Co.

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1414 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 629-3787
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District Distilling is currently refurbishing its kitchen, which is expected to reopen early in 2019. In the meantime, book a tour and tasting Wednesday through Saturday or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. 

12. Republic Restoratives

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

The woman-owned Ivy City distillery offers tours Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Monday through Friday by appointment. Visitors can also imbibe an Old Fashioned, Moscow mule, and eight other cocktails at the Ivy Room from Thursday through Sunday. 

13. Jos. A Magnus & Co

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2052 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Visit the Ivy City distillery Thursday through Sunday to enjoy its gin and bourbons. 

14. New Columbia Distillers

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1832 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 733-1710
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The makers of Green Hat gin offer free tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons. In 2018 the company released its first rye whisky after a 3-year aging process.

15. One Eight Distilling

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1135 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 636-6638
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The makers of whisky, vodka, and gin welcome visitors Friday through Sunday for tastings, tours and cocktails in their Ivy City tasting room. 

16. Cotton & Reed

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1330 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-2805
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Take a tour and sample a cocktail and rum flight during the rum distillery’s Saturday afternoon tour. Cocktails are available in the tasting room and bar at Union Market from Tuesday through Sunday. 

17. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

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1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 900-4786
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Todd Thrasher’s tiki bar at the Wharf made its debut in December with bamboo décor and island fare. Rum production on-site at Potomac Distilling Company is expected to start soon.

18. MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

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7961 Gainsford Court, Bristow
VA, 20136
(571) 284-7961
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Tours are offered Friday and Saturday afternoons and end with mixology sessions. Guests can try the vodka, gin, whisky and flavor-infused whisky in the tasting room Thursday through Saturday. 

19. Lyon Distilling Co.

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605 S Talbot St #6, Saint Michaels
MD, 21663
(443) 333-9181
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Top off a trip to the quaint Eastern Shore town of St. Michaels with a visit to Lyon Distilling Co., located in the historic Old Mill District. The distillery is currently offering Saturday afternoon tours and tastings of its rum and whisky Friday through Sunday. 

20. Copper Fox Distillery

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9 River Ln, Sperryville
VA, 22740
(540) 987-8554
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Guests can enjoy daily tours and seasonal cocktails and samplings of the whisky and gin at this distillery near Shenandoah National Park.

21. A. Smith Bowman Distillery

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1 Bowman Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, Fredericksburg
VA, 22408
(540) 373-4555
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A. Smith offers free hour-long tours daily, Monday through Saturday, giving visitors a glimpse of its gin, vodka, rum and bourbon-making facilities, followed by spirit tastings.

1. White Tiger Distillery, LLC

1659 Robin Cir ste-e, Forest Hill, MD 21050

White Tiger uses a family recipe to produce its Laotian style craft whisky. It offers tours and tastings Thursday through Sunday by appointment at its distillery, which opened this year in Harford County, Maryland.

1659 Robin Cir ste-e
Forest Hill, MD 21050

2. Dragon Distillery

1341 Hughes Ford Rd Ste 108, Frederick, MD 21701

Producing moonshine, bourbon, whisky, gin, rum and vodka Dragon Distillery offers tours and tastings Friday through Sunday and by appointment other times. Pick up one of their four canned cocktails, such as the citrus vodka and tonic. 

1341 Hughes Ford Rd Ste 108
Frederick, MD 21701

3. Baltimore Spirits Company

1700 W 41st St #430, Baltimore, MD 21211

Baltimore Spirits offers tastings of its whisky, gin, apple brandy, apple liqueur, and amaro at its new Union Collective location Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons.

1700 W 41st St #430
Baltimore, MD 21211

4. Old Line Spirits

200 S Janney St, Baltimore, MD 21224

The Highlandtown establishment opened Baltimore’s first distillery cocktail lounge in the spring of 2018 with selections that highlight its rum and whisky. 

200 S Janney St
Baltimore, MD 21224

5. Sagamore Spirit Distillery

301 E Cromwell St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s five-acre distillery offers a truly immersive experience with interactive exhibits on the history of Maryland rye whiskey, a tour of the production facility, and tastings. The whiskey is made with spring water from Plank’s Sagamore Farm. On a nice day, drink in the waterfront views on the patio.

301 E Cromwell St
Baltimore, MD 21230

6. Lost Ark Distilling Company

9570 Berger Rd L, Columbia, MD 21046

The Howard County distillery offers tours and samples of its rum and whisky. In the summer of 2019 it will add a cocktail lounge with a full bar that serves drinks made with its spirits. 

9570 Berger Rd L
Columbia, MD 21046

7. Catoctin Creek Distillery

120 W Main St, Purcellville, VA, 20132

The Loudoun County maker of whisky, gin, and brandy offers tours and tastings that can be booked online from Tuesday through Saturday. The distillery also sells syrups, tonic syrups, and bitters. 

120 W Main St, Purcellville
VA, 20132

8. Twin Valley Distillers

711 E Gude Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

The Montgomery County distillery offers weekend tastings of its whisky, liqueurs, gin and vodka. 

711 E Gude Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

9. Blackwater Distilling

184 Log Canoe Cir, Stevensville, MD, 21666

The maker of Sloop Betty vodka and Picaroon Maryland rum bills itself as the Free State’s first distillery. It’s open for tours and tastings daily. Blackwater offers afternoon tours hourly seven days a week. Its full-service bar will open soon. 

184 Log Canoe Cir, Stevensville
MD, 21666

10. Don Ciccio & Figli

6031 Kansas Ave, Washington, D.C.

Limoncello, amaro, and a host of artisanal Italian liqueurs whisk guests to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Tours and tastings are offered Saturday afternoon. 

6031 Kansas Ave
Washington, D.C.

11. District Distilling Co.

1414 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

District Distilling is currently refurbishing its kitchen, which is expected to reopen early in 2019. In the meantime, book a tour and tasting Wednesday through Saturday or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. 

1414 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

12. Republic Restoratives

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The woman-owned Ivy City distillery offers tours Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Monday through Friday by appointment. Visitors can also imbibe an Old Fashioned, Moscow mule, and eight other cocktails at the Ivy Room from Thursday through Sunday. 

1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Jos. A Magnus & Co

2052 West Virginia Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Visit the Ivy City distillery Thursday through Sunday to enjoy its gin and bourbons. 

2052 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

14. New Columbia Distillers

1832 Fenwick St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The makers of Green Hat gin offer free tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons. In 2018 the company released its first rye whisky after a 3-year aging process.

1832 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

15. One Eight Distilling

1135 Okie St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The makers of whisky, vodka, and gin welcome visitors Friday through Sunday for tastings, tours and cocktails in their Ivy City tasting room. 

1135 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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16. Cotton & Reed

1330 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Take a tour and sample a cocktail and rum flight during the rum distillery’s Saturday afternoon tour. Cocktails are available in the tasting room and bar at Union Market from Tuesday through Sunday. 

1330 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

17. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Todd Thrasher’s tiki bar at the Wharf made its debut in December with bamboo décor and island fare. Rum production on-site at Potomac Distilling Company is expected to start soon.

1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

18. MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

7961 Gainsford Court, Bristow, VA, 20136

Tours are offered Friday and Saturday afternoons and end with mixology sessions. Guests can try the vodka, gin, whisky and flavor-infused whisky in the tasting room Thursday through Saturday. 

7961 Gainsford Court, Bristow
VA, 20136

19. Lyon Distilling Co.

605 S Talbot St #6, Saint Michaels, MD, 21663

Top off a trip to the quaint Eastern Shore town of St. Michaels with a visit to Lyon Distilling Co., located in the historic Old Mill District. The distillery is currently offering Saturday afternoon tours and tastings of its rum and whisky Friday through Sunday. 

605 S Talbot St #6, Saint Michaels
MD, 21663

20. Copper Fox Distillery

9 River Ln, Sperryville, VA, 22740

Guests can enjoy daily tours and seasonal cocktails and samplings of the whisky and gin at this distillery near Shenandoah National Park.

9 River Ln, Sperryville
VA, 22740

21. A. Smith Bowman Distillery

1 Bowman Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408

A. Smith offers free hour-long tours daily, Monday through Saturday, giving visitors a glimpse of its gin, vodka, rum and bourbon-making facilities, followed by spirit tastings.

1 Bowman Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, Fredericksburg
VA, 22408

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