Saw a write-up on this in a recent issue of “Garden & Gun.” I had to dig deeper to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. Take a swig below …
For more than four centuries our forefathers have been producing fresh corn whiskey in the hills of Virginia. Now, for the last 20 years, this once elusive drink is available for all to enjoy. Belmont Farms of Virginia Distillery is proud to preserve a national tradition in our product, “VIRGINIA LIGHTNING”.
Until 20 years ago, corn whiskey for popular consumption, had been made in column stills, handling thousands of gallons per hour. Only at Belmont Farm, our whiskey is produced in a genuine solid copper pot still. While others may be flooding the market, our pot still whiskey is slow and handled with care, to preserve all of the aroma and taste of a fine fresh corn whiskey. Our copper pot still is truly the secret of our whiskey.
On our farm, we grow our own corn, harvest it, store it, and grind it, in preparation for our whiskey. We add only choice malt to our corn meal, which is cooked in our stainless steel cooker. We are proud of our yeast preparation in our stainless steel yeast tank, which is carefully stirred and watched. We follow a unique family recipe to cook the corn mash. After cooking is completed, the mash is sent to copper fermentation tanks for four days. The fermented mash is then sent to our 2000 gallon copper pot still and is distilled. (This copper pot still was constructed in 1930. Although this form of whiskey production had been abandoned in the United States, we at Belmont Farm have dedicated ourselves to the continuation of pot still whiskey). Once the whiskey leaves the pot still, it then proceeds to the doubler where it is further distilled, to increase the proof and insure our quality product. The whiskey is now ready to be bottled and is sent to the bottling room, where it is prepared for shipment.
Our operation at Belmont Farm Distillery is family owned and operated. It is with great pride that our family at Belmont Farm has chosen to preserve a national tradition of copper pot still fresh corn whiskey “VIRGINIA LIGHTNING”. Click here for directions and contact information.
History of Moonshine:
More than three centuries ago, George Thorpe fired up his still on the banks of the James River and produced corn liquor – the first truly American moonshine. With the help of the Indians, and using the Indian corn, Thorpe began to distill a fermented mash of corn. Thus was moonshine developed in America.
Here at Belmont Farm Distillery, we preserve this truly American Tradition in our product, Virginia Lightning.