James River Distillery opens gin tasting room in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — A local distillery’s gin is flowing more freely near the Diamond. James River Distillery last month opened a new tasting area and store at its production facility at 2700 Hardy Street.

Visitors can now try half-ounce pours and buy bottles of the company’s three gins: Commonwealth Gin, Continental Gin and UA Navy Strength Gin. The Commonwealth and Continental 25-ounce bottles sell for $34. Navy Strength, which is 114-proof, sells for $40.

James River Distillery is owned by Kristi Croxton, Matt Brophy and Jonathan Staples, who bought the distillery property in 2013 at an on-site auction. The facility was previously used by Cirrus Vodka, which last year moved its operations nearby to 1603 Ownby Lane.

Croxton said thirsty visitors to the facility prompted the company’s move to gain the necessary ABC licenses to open a tasting room.

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