ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The month of September can commemorate various items, interests, and causes such as National Honey Month, National Square Dance Month and even National Library Card Sign Up Month.
How about including a month-long celebration of Virginia’s distillery history and industry? For the last four years, Virginia distilleries and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (Virginia AB) mark September as Virginia Spirits Month.
According to a statement from Virginia ABC, the first person to produce a spirit batch was Virginia colonist George Thorpe who in 1620 distilled a batch of corn whiskey.
To celebrate the month, the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) launched the Virginia Spirits Trail and Passport Program.
There are 28 distilleries participating in the program which encourages visitors to check out at least 10 distilleries to win a free t-shirt.
In the area, Franklin County Distilleries in Boones Mills, which claims to be the capital of moonshine, is participating in the program.
Another local participant is Five Mile Mountain Distillery in Floyd.