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Øster Vit Honored in Made In The South Awards


Garden & Gun Magazine has named James River Distillery's Øster Vit Runner Up in their Seventh Annual Made In The South Awards in the drink category.


Commonwealth Gin Wins Bronze


The New York International Spirits Competition announced that Commonwealth Gin was awarded a Bronze Medal for the 2014 tasting and evaluation competition.


Commonwealth Gin Debuts


James River Distillery, Richmond's newest addition in small artisanal producers has announced the debut of Commonwealth Gin. "We're proud to be introducing Commonwealth Gin to Virginia." says Matt Brophy, Managing Partner of James River Distillery. Describing the gin as having a blend of 10 botanicals and "warming aromatic notes of pepper, citrus and melon, followed by flavors of green spice, resin, and juniper with a touch of hop presence" Brophy hints at a connection to the brewing process. Dwight Chew, Head Distiller, and Brophy both have a background in the brewing industry. "Distillation is a natural progression from brewing" says Chew. Chew has spent the last year perfecting Commonwealth Gin's ingredients, recipe, equipment and process to produce a world class new American Gin. Dwight, who also has a background in agriculture, insisted on using locally produced non-GMO, organic agricultural products. "We were able to source locally grown, non-GMO, organic corn" Dwight says, "not something so easy to do these days".

James River's Commonwealth Gin will be available in Fall 2014 in Virginia ABC stores.

About James River Distillery:

James River Distillery was founded in 2013 by Jonathan Staples, Kristi Croxton, and Matt Brophy with the intent of producing high-quality craft distilled spirits. Production of Commonwealth Gin began earlier this year, the first spirit to be released by James River Distillery. All production takes place at the distillery located at 2700 Hardy St. in Richmond, Virginia.

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James River Distillery
2700 Hardy Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Phone: 804-716-5172
Email: info [at] jrdistillery.com