WALL OF APPRECIATION
During Tavern construction, we came up with the idea of a ‘Wall of Appreciation’ for the supporters who helped our business grow. We’re now in the process of building a display for those names. Here’s the cool part – the build gave us the chance to add more space. If you would like to be a part of it or want to add someone, now’s the chance! Your name will be etched on an easily visible location in the Tavern. Names will be labeled as Friends of Blackwater Distilling. This is your chance to make a permanent mark on the Tavern! $75 USD.
At Blackwater Distilling, vodka is more than a tasteless, odorless spirit – it’s a passion. Our award-winning Sloop Betty Vodka stands apart thanks to a commitment to natural ingredients.
EXCEPTIONALLY CRAFTED AND REMARKABLY REBELLIOUS.
We are Maryland’s spirit.
Lifelong Marylanders, we started Blackwater Distilling in 2008 because we were irresistibly drawn to our state’s unique distilling history.
Before Prohibition, Maryland produced what was widely regarded to be the nation’s finest whiskey, a distinct style called Maryland Rye. During the 13 years of Prohibition, Maryland’s enterprising farmers continued to turn their plentiful harvests into high-proof “swamp lightning” in stills hidden among the coves, inlets and marshes of the Chesapeake. Oystermen and crabbers smuggled the “good stuff” up and down the Bay, evading Federal Revenue agents and the Coast Guard, finding safe haven among the close-lipped communities that lined the tidewater.
Today, as Maryland’s first fully licensed distillery to open since the early 1970’s, we are committed to cultivating that independent spirit by making distinctive craft spirits that stand apart from the crowd, using the most exceptional ingredients, and furthering our rich Chesapeake Bay heritage. Few times in life does one truly have the opportunity to ‘pioneer’ an old way of life. We hope you’ll join us on the adventure!
Christopher Cook & Jonathan Cook
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“Gold Medal, Best Vodka in Show”
This is the smoothest, best vodka I’ve ever had. It’s now the only one I drink. I drive from NY to MD once a year to stock up.
Blackwater Distillery was awesome, a must do if you are in Maryland. Staff is so knowledgeable and walked us through the making of each vodka and rum. Brought our puppy and had an amazing time learning about the process, the use of all natural ingredients and the passion behind it all! Left with two bottles!!!
Let me say…
My significant other and I have done many stops on the Bourbon Trail. We love distillery tours and seeing how each place differs.
We were in Baltimore for a weekend in April and our last day was just a rainy mess. I was looking for anything to do and came across the Blackwater distillery… And it was open on a Sunday.
We showed up and spent nearly 2 hours there learning about their process, being bribed to come back and help bottle, and tasting all their wonderful small batch liquors. We ended up buying Sloop Betty and Coffee Rum… And then a bunch of gear. I wear that hoodie every work weekend, when I wish I was drinking instead.
The guy working that day was. Incredibly knowledgeable and loves his job.
If we are ever back in the area, hopefully we will get to stop by the new place!
Maryland's oldest craft distillery. The Tavern has handcrafted cocktails, tastings, local beer & wine, indoor/outdoor seating; on site bottle sales.
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