We are now open for tours and tastings here at Black Draft Distillery! To schedule a tour, please contact us at 540-686-0100 or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know what date/time and how many are in your group.
Tours available during 11am to 4pm, Fridays and Saturdays based on availability to provide you a welcome and warm experience.
Tours include a live production viewing (based on distilling schedule), a free sampling of our moonshine and bourbon whiskey (must be 21 or older with valid ID), on-site Moonshine Spirit bottle sales, in addition to T-Shirts, Moonshine Pourers, Decals, Barrel Heads, and more!
We look forward to seeing you here at Black Draft Farm! And of course, we are Family Friendly too! If you have any questions, visit our Contact page for more details and to schedule an appointment.
Things are finally on the move here at Black Draft Distillery! With new equipment and barrels rolling in, we had to build a second barn earlier than planned to house our new beauties. Because of the winter weather, we had a lot of delays:
Before the Storm January 2016
By Friday afternoon
Ending snowfall, 40″ Whew!
It was all worth it with a new production building to provide folks an even better experience visiting and seeing first-hand how whiskey is made! As we wrap up expansion projects, we are looking forward to our down-home barn opening at the end of the month. We hope you can join us!
As the sun sets on the last few weeks of summer, I enjoy the quiet moments of sippin’ sweet tea on our back porch that overlooks the barn. I hope you are taking time to take in the cooler nights and enjoy this recipe:
Back Porch Sippin’ Tea
- 1-2 oz. First Harvest Moonshine
- 2 Tbsp. of Lemon (1/2 lemon)
- 16 oz. of Sweet Tea of your choice (Arizona Sweet Tea is recommended)
Fill half glass with ice; add moonshine, lemon, tea and stir. Garnish with peach wedge and sprig of basil (optional).
This recipe works with blackberries too!
If you’d like to see a video on how to make this cocktail, click here.
As the summer cruises along, we are hitting the road to visit great places around our wonderful state and the meet the best damn West Virginian’s you will ever find anywhere (can you tell I’m a little biased ).
Recently I traveled to the Northern Panhandle and the town of Weirton, WV for a tasting event at Basil’s Sports Bar & Grill. This is a true gem of the area, a real locals spot for families, league players, moms night out gals and just about anyone who appreciates an evening out with great food. Owner Pete Basil not only serves up a kickass menu of goodies (and he can make some mean BBQ let me tell ya), but he really knows how to make an excellent cocktail with our moonshine.
When we do our tasting events and introduce our moonshine, I show guests how versatile corn whiskey really is to mix a drink with, even one like ours that leaves the corn flavor it rather than distill it to almost vodka. When making a cocktail, you just need to add to your recipe a mixing ingredient that will neutralize the corn flavor so it won’t overpower the taste. Adding something acidic, like a sour mix, triple sec, or even a lemons and limes, will build the foundation of a perfect drink.
Now back to the tasting…
As I was doing the tasting, Pete served up five cocktails for me to try with our moonshine during the evening. From a Bloody Mary to tiki-style beach drinks, each one was a “perfect” balance of the cocktail to our corn whiskey. I loved that he knew just the right amount of ingredients to use, but still kept the sweet corn there, no masking heavily with fruit juices or adding two or more liquors. Anyone can add ingredients till there is no ‘shine left in the drink, but it takes someone special to bring out the unique flavors of a spirit into the cocktail. Pete is a true ‘shiner.
Drink ingredients are show in images, thanks to Pete for sharing them with us:
We can’t wait to return in the Fall for another tasting and sure to find even more goodies Pete will have whipped up for us all to enjoy!
What more recipes? Visit our recipe page here.