Tag: spring

Spring Season at Black Draft Distillery!

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:

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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!


I (heart) Blue Ridge Mountains

I’ll always hang my hat Under those Blue Ridge Mountain skies — Marshall Tucker Band

IMG_7132This is my absolute favorite month of the year. May is many things to many people, but to me it marks the beginning of a my life here on Black Draft Farm. Seven years ago this month I met Glen and we spent out first date enjoying the sunset from this very back yard view.

Every spring I marvel at the vivid, beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains that envelopes my view in all directions here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. I love the fragrance of spring blossoms on country drives along back roads and the warm breezes that last well into the night. As I drive along through Maryland, Virginia, and then back to West Virginia, I feel like I am cruising through a watercolor painting. The trees are so vivid and blend into shades of greens and blues, layer upon layer, till they melt into the blue spring sky. There is just nothing I have found close to my love for the Blue Ridge Mountains.

IMG_7141According to “A Naturalist’s Blue Ridge Parkway” by David Catlin, “It can be legitimately claimed that trees put the ‘blue’ in Blue Ridge, for hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere by the forest contribute to the characteristic haze on these mountains and to their distinctive color.”

I stopped over to visit one of our favorite local pubs, Dub-V, for lunch one day and Liz shared with me with her latest creation with our First Harvest Moonshine.

A great spring cocktail with some of the most beautiful shades of aqua and blue.

IMG_7032I dedicate this recipe to her and call it the Blue Ridge Breeze.

To view this recipe, click here.