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September is Virginia Spirits Month. Virginia is the birthplace of American spirits and there are numerous distilleries throughout the state that produce spirits including 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery.Formerly, the Williamsburg Distillery, 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery is a small craft distillery in James City County at 7218 Merrimac Trail. The mission of 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery is to research, preserve, teach and present the history of distillation from the Colonial American Period, the years 1600 – 1775. All of their spirits are hand-crafted using historic recipes and ingredients of the 18th century.8 Shires Coloniale Distillery offers Genever Gin, Silver Rum, Gold Rum and Spiced Rum. They also produce limited edition bourbon. The next bourbon release will be in 2019. The products of 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery have received awards at the New York International Spirits Competition, Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, the American Distilling Institute and others.8 Shires Coloniale Distillery is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-7 p.m. and has tours as well as tastings. You can also find 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery on Facebook and on the Williamsburg Tasting Trail.Want to learn more? Check out the below video.
Happy Virginia Spirits Month!