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As a small and American family owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. Distilled from the finest ingredients, the premium products created at A. Smith Bowman Distillery honor the legacy and ground breaking spirit of Virginia’s pioneers.


A. Smith Bowman bought the Sunset Hills estate farm in 1927 and opened up a dairy and granary. The farm was so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain from his fields. In 1935, after the repeal of prohibition in the state of Virginia, he built and licensed the distillery. His sons maintained that tradition, continuing to feed the distillers grains to the dairy cattle, which were known to be the most contented cows in Virginia.

In response to the rising real estate prices and property taxes of Northern Virginia, in 1988 the distillery was moved to the current location in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

Historical Highlights of the A Smith Brown Distillery


From Washington, D.C. and points North of Fredericksburg, Virginia, take Interstate 95 South. From Richmond, VA and points South of Fredericksburg, Virginia, take Interstate 95 North.

Take Exit 130A (Fredericksburg/Route 3 East).

Stay on Route 3 East for approximately 2 miles, going through 8 traffic lights (Note: Route 3 is named Plank Road right off of I-95. The name changes to William Street and then again to the Blue & Gray Parkway.)

After the 8th light, take the exit for Route 2 & 17 (Dixon Street; also called Tidewater Trail) and head south toward Bowling Green and Tappahannock.

Go approximately ½ mile until you see a Gulf gas station on the left and a 7-11 convenience store on the right.

Make a left onto Bowman Drive immediately after the Gulf gas station.

A. Smith Bowman Distillery is through the brick gates. Visitor parking is on the left; Follow the “visitors” sign to the reception area.

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