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A Season of Thanks



It’s hard to believe how different last year was from this one, how much has changed in the barn (now two barns), the lessons we learned and the friendships we have made in each and every one of you who have visited us here. We have so much to be thankful for this year and the ones to come.

One year ago we rode in the Apple Harvest Parade for the first time since the days of riding with  Biscuit.


One year ago we took a big leap and began our expansion to a new production building and equipment. That fall we held our breath, said a little prayer, and made the plans to create bourbon we could look up to.

One year ago I said to the moonshiner, “Let’s have one big open house in December, we’ll call it a Barn Warming (because there is nothing that can warm a cold barn like bunch of friends showing up). We figured a few dozen of our friends would come. That weekend we opened our barn to hundreds of folks, more new friendships made, and gave us a blessing that we were steering on the right path with our little hobby turned business.

We are excited to invite you to continue on this crazy wonderful journey. The next year as bourbon is made and finally released to the public, we want to humbly say,





Thanksgiving Hours


Join us at the barn Thanksgiving Week for tours and tastings from Noon to 5pm Monday thru Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. Sample our Cider Sangria (recipe found here), perfect for celebrating the holiday season, and browse through our mercantile room for gift giving ideas.

Tours and tastings are complimentary, and we are dog and family friendly too!

Black Draft Distillery  |  1140 Kelly Island Road, Martinsburg, WV   |  540-686-1000

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

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