FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA (July 21, 2020) – Three of A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s bourbons were honored at the 2020 International Whisky Competition, sweeping the category for Best Virginia Whiskey.
· First Place – Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
· Second Place – Isaac Bowman Straight Port-Finished Bourbon Whiskey
· Third Place – John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
“We are thrilled to see our three flagship bourbons claim the Best Virginia Whiskey category,” Master Distiller Brian Prewitt said. “As Virginia’s oldest distillery, we are proud to honor the legacy of our state’s first settlers by continuing to produce top-quality spirits. We feel honored for the recognition.”
The International Whisky Competition launched in 2010 with a vision of creating a true competition, offering just three medals per category, like the Olympics. The IWC brings the best whiskeys from around the world to be tasted and rated by a professional tasting panel. Complete results for the 2020 International Whisky Competition can be found at https://www.whiskycompetition.com/2020-results.
About A. Smith Bowman
A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm. The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.
As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.