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Newport News craft distillery set to open new tasting room

Ironclad Distillery Company originally opened in 2015 in downtown Newport News. (Courtesy photo/Ironclad Distillery Company)
Ironclad Distillery Company originally opened in 2015 in downtown Newport News. (Courtesy photo/Ironclad Distillery Company)

Ironclad Distillery Co. is set to open a newly renovated tasting room to the bourbon-loving public 156 years after the business’ namesake — the Battle of the Ironclads — occurred in Hampton Roads.

The craft-bourbon distillery will celebrate the event on March 31 with tours, specials and tastings from 12-5 p.m., according to a release.

“Nothing pairs better with a glass of bourbon than a good story,” Kara King, creative director of the family-run distillery, said in the release. “From our historic building, to our salvaged tasting bar, to the gallery wall curated by The Mariners’ Museum and Park, everything in here has a story to tell.”

Ironclad recently raised $450,008 from 599 investors in a crowdfunding campaign, according to the release.

The money from the crowdfunding campaign paid for renovation of the tasting room and new distilling equipment.

“For the design, we took a unique approach with references from the grand Warwick Hotel that once stood across the street and added touches of femininity so all those whiskey-loving women will feel welcome, too,” King said in the release.

The distillery’s tasting room will showcase seasonal cocktails by local mixologist Robert Gregory, the release said. The tasting room’s hours after the grand opening will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12-6 p.m.

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