The Bowman Family George Bowman & Mary Hite were pioneers during the 1700s in the colony of Virginia. They were among the first to settle the Shenandoah Valley, an area that was difficult to access due to the obstacle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It became a crucial area for the development of Virginia’s wheat and merchant milling exports. Their sons, John, Abraham, Joseph, and Isaac Bowman became Virginia militia officers in the American Revolutionary War. In 1779, they led thirty pioneer families to Madison County, Kentucky and established Bowman’s Station. The brothers then helped establish Fayette County, Kentucky in 1780. The Bowman’s left a true family legacy legacy and were admired by fellow settlers for their courage and bravery.
Distilling History A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots began before Prohibition. The Bowman family had a dairy & granary farm in Fairfax County , Virginia that they called Sunset Hills. Excess grain from the farm was used to start distilling spirits. In 1935, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman built and licensed a slightly more modern distillery. This was the first licensed distillery after Prohibition on the East Coast In 1988 , the distillery was moved to its current location, nestled in the historic city of Fredericksburg , VA in Spotsylvania County. Here, A. Smith Bowman continued the tradition of making hand crafted, small batch, premium spirits. It’s undeniable the Bowman family has a rich history and provided great contributions to our country, the state of Virginia, and the whiskey industry.
The Distillery Today As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the timehonored traditions on which it was founded. With the help of our trusty still, “Mary”, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients, crafted by hand, every step of the way. We have a passion for making premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers.
Master Distiller, Truman Cox Born in Indiana, Truman grew up fascinated by his Grandfather’s tales of driving “gin trucks” from local farms into Chicago and Detroit. Earning a degree in Chemistry in Iowa, Truman learned the science, process, and equipment needed to make spirits .Then he went to Kentucky, where he learned about the trade, craft, and artistry, of making exceptional spirits. When Truman became Master Distiller of A. Smith Bowman Distillery, he sought to honor the pioneering Bowman family and their distilling history . By creating premium hand crafted whiskey, vodka, gin and rum, he achieves this vision. Truman keeps a watchful eye and passionate heart while overseeing A. Smith Bowman Distillery. The result is a collection of distinctive premium spirits that capture the pioneer spirit of Virginia.
Virginia’s Small Batch Collection
Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon • Honoring the pioneering legends of the original Bowman Brothers • Small Batch • 90 proof • Handmade with Cork Finish • 6 pack case • $29.99 retail
John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon • Double Gold Medal Winner • 2012 San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition
• Honors Colonel John J. Bowman, early colonial military commander and governor • Single Barrel • 100 proof • Handmade with Cork Finish • 6 pack case • $49.99 retail
Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey • Special Release • Each is distinctive • Produced periodically with unique recipe, proof, age, etc. • Named for Abraham Bowman, Commander of the 8th Virginia Regiment • Handmade with Cork Finish • Very limited • 6 pack case • $69.99 retail
Deep Run Small Batch Vodka • Named after the fresh lake adjacent to A. Smith Bowman Distillery • Small Batch • 80 proof • Distilled 7 times • Handmade with Cork Finish • 6 pack case • $27.99 retail
Sunset Hills Small Batch Gin • Named after the original Bowman family estate in Fairfax, Virginia • Small Batch • 80 proof • Mild flavor of juniper and other botanicals • Handmade with Cork Finish • 6 pack case • $28.99 retail
George Bowman Dark Rum • Named after the patriarch of the Bowman family who established the original family estate in Virginia • Small Batch • 80 proof • Dark, rich, and sweet • Well aged Caribbean rum • Handmade with Cork Finish • 6 pack case • $29.99 retail