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Fall Open House


We invite you to join us in celebrating the season here at the Black Draft Distillery for our Autumn Open House!

Enjoy a rare behind-the-scenes tour of our new production barn, sample our moonshine, and try our seasonal cocktail recipes. Sip and savor some truly handcrafted West Virginia Spirits, just in time for the cool weather ahead!

There will also be non-alcoholic beverages for the youngsters (since we are very family friendly) and a new mercantile room of WV products for your shopping and gift giving this season.

Date: Friday, October 14th & Saturday, October 15th
Times: 11am to 4pm
Location: 1140 Kelly Island Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405

For more details: call 540-686-0100 or email

The Harvest Season

fallyallchalkHere at the farm our Punkin’ (as we call our Emma) was anxiously awaiting for today and the big announcement—today is the first day of Autumn! Year after year I can remember marking the day on my little calendar, my favorite season of the year. The season of fall foliage here in the Shenandoah Valley, fresh cider, bonfires and hayrides. The skies become bluer and the smells of cinnamon, pumpkin and ginger linger in the air everywhere. There is nothing I can compare to growing up here in Autumn .

This season we are harvesting all the growth and wisdom we have gleaned in these first few years. The new equipment is settled in and producing amazing amounts of bourbon and moonshine. The original barn is transforming into a warm and cozy tasting area, with a new mercantile room and rackhouse for barrel aging our bourbon. The back deck is awaiting beautiful sunsets and sipping of Apple Harvest Cider Sangria. Recipe can be found here.

We are so excited to celebrate this season with you here in the barn and throughout the area:

Fall Open House, Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th, 11am to 4pm  | Black Draft Distillery

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Grand Parade, Saturday, October 22nd, 1pm  Click here for more details.

Barn Warming Open House, Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th, 11am to 4pm  |  Black Draft Distillery

Tours and tastings throughout the season are Fridays and Saturday, 11am to 4pm. Call 540-686-0100 or email

Happy Fourth of July


Wishing you a safe a happy Fourth of July.

We are closed Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, for some family time this summer.

We are open for tours and tastings, Monday, July 4, from 2pm to sunset.


The First Two Years

Those First 11 cases, sold out and in backorder within 48 hours. Whew!

Those First 11 cases, sold out and in backorder within 48 hours. Whew!


The early days of making whiskey cuts in a pint jelly jar.

Glen and I have something about twos. Our birthdays, both in December, are on days ending in twos. Our punkin’ was born the second month of 2010. And for two years this past weekend, we began making our first batches of moonshine. Back then it was with a 10-gallon still made from a lobster pot, that sat near the barn door of our previous horse barn, and we spent those weekends in June, making our first 11 cases of 100 proof corn whiskey to ship to WVABCA in Nitro, WV, in the hopes of selling to the stores in the Eastern Panhandle and throughout the state. It takes two weeks to make moonshine, grain to jar as we say, with two main ingredients, local corn and local water.

Photo Credit: Rick Dugan


Glen discussing corn harvesting with Lyle Tabb, our corn supplier with the next generation Tabb

It was about family and friends, coming together, and bringing back a part of our culture and heritage through a shared experience around a jar, something sorely missing in today’s busy society. A dear friend and mentor told us to capture as much of these moments in photo, because we’ll blink and it will change fast. I can’t believe how much has changed, and yet we are still here on the weekends, bringing family and friends, old and new, together over stories and tasting the promise of our yearling bourbon whiskey.

Two years later and we have grown to a second building for production and opened our doors for folks to come a visit our whiskey making distillery life as it unfolds.

Before the storm January 2016

Installing the new destillers, 150-gallon each!

The Horse Barn, now a tasting room and for barrel aging bourbon


Ribbon cutting ceremony, June 3, 2016










Click on link here to view a feature on our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on local WHAG-TV.

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