In 1927, A. Smith Bowman purchased the 7,200-acre Sunset Hills farm to open up a dairy and granary. Shortly after bringing the idea to life, his fields became so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain. This one defining moment changed the entire course of the Bowman legacy and ultimately lead to the best whiskey in the world.
In 1934, A. Smith Bowman built a groundbreaking distillery on the farm land and turned it into a family-owned business. Since then, the focus has shifted from our classic spirit to producing premium handcrafted small batches and experimental editions that embody innovation at its core.
Today, our historic family-owned distillery has relocated to Fredericksburg, yet still continues to balance our long-lived traditions, honoring one of Virginia’s great pioneers. Most recently in 2016 and 2017, A. Smith Bowman Distillery won the “World’s Best Bourbon” at the World Whiskies Awards — solidifying us as Virginia’s Most Award-Winning Distillery."
John J., Abraham, Joseph, and Isaac Bowman were Virginia militia officers in the American Revolutionary War. This hand-crafted bourbon whiskey is a tribute to their heroism. Our Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon is distilled three times using the finest corn, rye, and malted barley, producing distinct hints of vanilla, spice, and oak.
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