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A. Smith Bowman Distillery receives two gold medals at 2021 International Spirits Challenge

From A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Four spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery received medals at the 2021 International Spirits Challenge (ISC), including two Gold medals for top quality bourbons.

John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey took home Gold medals from the competition, which took place in the United Kingdom. Both products also received Gold in the 2020 ISC.

Silver Medal winners included Isaac Bowman Port Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Deep Run Small Batch Vodka.

“We were thrilled when we received the results,” said Master Distiller Brian Prewitt. “It’s great to know that our hard work has once again been recognized.”

Judging panels at the 2021 ISC were made up of industry professionals who evaluated products’ aroma, appearance, taste and finish during 12 days of blind tastings. For a full list of results from this year’s competition, visit


About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the

Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain

from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.


As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which was named America’s Best Non-Kentucky Single Barrel Bourbon at the 2020 American World Whiskies Awards. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit

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