Location: Culpeper, Virginia
Master Distiller: Chuck Miller
Grains: Corn/Rye Non-GMO sourced within 100 miles of Distillery. Malted Barley from Briess Malt and Ingredients Company, Wisconsin.
Mash bills: Undisclosed although, High Rye with Spicy Yeast.
It all began in 1988. Coming from a family of moonshine history, Chuck and Jeanette Miller had a dream to keep that history alive. The Millers decided to turn their Culpeper, Virginia farm into a distillery, and in 1988, Belmont Farm Distillery was born. The distillery was a historic milestone as it was the very first Craft Whiskey Distillery in the United States. Chuck began producing his famous “Virginia Lighting” a fresh, clear corn whiskey, or moonshine as it’s called. By 1989 he was selling it in Virginia ABC stores all over the state.
As this monumental endeavor continued, Chuck decided to barrel a small batch of his corn whiskey and let it age for 25 years. On December 31, 1991, Chuck filled his very first barrel of whiskey and laid it to rest for a long, long nap. In the spring of 2017, that first barrel made a reappearance, and a very special whiskey entered the world. Barrel #1 was a celebration of Chuck’s original batch of aged corn whiskey, and a monument to almost three decades of hard work. To commemorate such a special moment, they bottled this one of a kind reserve whiskey in a 375 ml moonshine jug, included a shot glass, and packaged it in a custom wooden box. This collectible box was branded with commemorative elements and both the bottle and box were numbered and signed by Chuck. Only 150 bottles were made available for purchase.
Until 30 years ago, whiskey for popular consumption, had been made in column stills, handling thousands of gallons per hour. At Belmont Farm, their whiskey is produced in a genuine solid copper pot still. While others may be flooding the market, their pot still whiskey is slow and handled with care, to preserve all of the aroma and taste of a fine fresh whiskey. Their copper pot still is truly the secret of their whiskey.