EXPLORE THE REGION’S MORE THAN 400 WINERIES, BREWERIES, CIDERIES AND DISTILLERIES, STARTING WITH THIS SAMPLING OF SOME OF THE REGION’S FINEST. Virginia wine country, Virginia Tourism Corporation. Stone Tower Winery. BLUEJACKET With three temperature zones, calibrated to serve each draft at its ideal temperature, you can tell Bluejacket’s brewers are serious about flavour. Taste 20 of their cask ales and lagers at The Arsenal, the brewery’s restaurant and barroom. Washington, DC EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains less than an hour from Charlottesville, this elegant outpost welcomes visitors for picnics, concerts, farmers selling their produce, local cheese and charcuterie boards, wellness sessions … and, of course, wine! Madison, Virginia ONE EIGHT DISTILLING Beloved for its whiskey, gin and vodka, One Eight is also constantly experimenting with creative, small batches of new mash bills and spirits. Stop in for a cocktail every Saturday and you might get a taste of one of these limited-edition flavours. Washington, DC TWIN VALLEY DISTILLERS Founded by a retired chef inspired by the pairing of spirits with food, Twin Valley’s fine bourbons, rums and vodkas are made with ingredients found within a 50-mile radius. Tastings can be booked every weekend, as well as private classes on the production and distillation of alcohol. Rockville, Maryland Stone Brewing Co. STONE BREWING CO. Pop into the tasting room to sample award-winning suds from one of the country’s largest craft brewers, twice named BeerAdvocate magazine’s “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth.” This company outpost in the Fulton neighbourhood complements an operation that boasts brewing facilities in California and Berlin, Germany. Richmond, Virginia STONE TOWER WINERY Set atop Hogback Mountain, wine dinners, cru nights and “SOMMinars” here all have an idyllic, in-the-clouds feel. Those seeking a respite up a country road can stop by for a sip or two in the winery’s pastoral barn, and picnic items can be picked up right on site. Leesburg, Virginia 3 STARS BREWING COMPANY 3 Stars’ unique saisons (including peppercorn, lemon peel and cranberry varieties) will lure you to their tasting room, but fun events will keep you there for hours. Check their website for monthly barbecues, yoga and drum sessions, belly-dancing classes and more. Washington, DC UNION CRAFT BREWING Set in Baltimore’s historic Woodberry neighbourhood, Union Craft draws visitors beyond the typical tourist trail for happy hour each Thursday and Friday evening. Taste the original, big-flavour Duckpin Pale Ale or hold out for seasonal or small-batch treasures. Baltimore, Maryland GEORGE WASHINGTON’S DISTILLERY & GRISTMILL The United States’ first president established a whiskey distillery at his home, Mount Vernon, in the 1790s that quickly became the largest in the country. Today, Mount Vernon produces limited batches of both aged and unaged whiskey in the traditional 18th-century manner at the reconstructed distillery. Mount Vernon, Virginia JOS. A. MAGNUS & CO.DISTILLERY A distillery originally established in 1892 can be forgiven for bold proclamations about legacy, honour and “standing on the shoulders of ancestral giants” as long as the bourbon and gin they started making when they were reestablished in 2015 can back up their claims. Luckily, DC’s “newest oldest distillery” does just that. Washington, DC DISTILLERY LANE CIDERWORKS Distillery Lane’s sparkling, still and seasonal dry ciders are made from apples grown in the on-site orchard’s tidy rows. The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday — come in for five pours and a souvenir glass or one of the cider classes, held January– July. Jefferson, Maryland ST. MICHAELS WINERY Tastings at this harbour-town venue are uncorked year-round. Dry reds and whites and sweet wines are just the ticket to get you in the laidback spirit to explore historic St. Michaels’ Chesapeake Bay charms. St. Michaels, Maryland
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