From the Blue Ridge to the Bay, Virginia distillers carry on the tradition of distilling spirits. George Thorpe, an English settler in Jamestown, distilled the first batch of Virginia-made whiskey by substituting corn for European barley in 1620. George Washington was also credited for his participation in spirits distillation. In 1799, his distillery at Mount Vernon produced over 11,000 gallons of whiskey, making it one of the largest distilleries in America at the time. Today, George Washington’s
distillery continues to operate and offers a limited amount of product annually. Over four hundred years later, Virginia is home of over 60 distilleries
across the state.