A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s 2019 Events Include 8th Annual Father’s Day Festival, Master Distiller’s Workshop,Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival, a Halloween Movie Night & More!


May 20, 2019 (FREDERICKSBURG, Va.) — Whether you’re interested in mixology, sampling award-winning hand-crafted spirits , or touring Virginia’s oldest distillery, A. Smith Bowman Distillery has visitors covered with a calendar full of events for 2019.

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8th Annual Father’s Day Festival | June 15

Give dad what he really want this year and bring him to the 8th Annual Father’s Day Festival ! This family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and features live music, mouth-watering food, a variety of local vendors, local beer and wine, games, and tastings of the Distillery’s spirits. This celebration will also feature the third annual Deep Run Bourbon Barrel Regatta , where teams are invited to create watercraft from A. Smith Bowman Distillery bourbon barrels and race across Deep Run. This fun-filled event is free of charge, and complimentary Distillery tours will be offered every half-hour.


Master Distiller’s Workshop | July 26

On July 26, A. Smith Bowman will host its Master Distiller’s Workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This workshop will give people hands-on experience creating four fabulous cocktails featuring A. Smith Bowman’s newest experimental release. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include all supplies, equipment, and instruction for the evening and a bottle of the new release to take home.


Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival | October 18-19

The fun continues into October with the 2019 Whiskey and Wood Artisan Festival! The Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild is partnering with A. Smith Bowman Distillery to host this family-friendly event which gives guests the opportunity to meet the makers, hear the stories behind their creations, and purchase works of art! Wood, glass, metal, pottery, furniture, home decor, jewelry, and more will be featured — all made by local artisans. The festival will take place on October 18-19 and both admission and parking are free. Food will be available for purchase by Orofino’s Restaurant.


Flight & Fright Night | October 26

The Distillery will be celebrating Halloween with its Flight & Fright night, which will take place on October 26. This event is open to everyone over the age of 21 and showcases the Distillery in a completely different light. The evening features a lantern-lit tour of the Distillery, followed by a screening of a classic Halloween movie. While watching the movie, guests can sit back and enjoy A. Smith Bowman Distillery spirits as a flight or as a deliciously spooky cocktail. Small bites and scrumptiously flavored popcorn will be available during the movie. Tickets must be purchased in advance and all proceeds benefit the Grapes & Grain Trail .


Holiday Cocktail Class | December 6

A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s newest annual event series, the Holiday Cocktail Class, teaches guests how to prepare and sample four cocktails that are perfect for holiday celebrations! Tickets must be purchased in advance.


A. Smith Bowman Distillery is located at 1 Bowman Drive in Fredericksburg, Va, and complimentary tours are offered every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday throughout the year, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Labor Day weekend. Event tickets may be purchased by calling the Distillery at 540-373-4555.


About A. Smith Bowman Distillery

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm. The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.
As a small and privately-owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman Distillery produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. Its various brands have won more than 100 awards in the past five years, including “World’s Best Bourbon” in 2016 for its Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon and again in 2017 for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel at the World Whisky Awards. For more information on A. Smith Bowman Distillery, please visit asmithbowman.com