Friday, June 9, 2023

Van Winkle alert! Now is your chance to get the rare bourbon

Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Whiskeys (Courtesy of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery)

Just in time for the holiday season, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is holding a special lottery for Virginia residents.

Starting on Dec. 6, Virginia ABC customers can enter for the chance to purchase rare bourbons from the Van Winkle series. The bourbon’s popularity has provided the Van Winkle brand with a cult following of sorts, one that has spread way beyond the borders of Kentucky where it all began more than 100 years ago.

Since the bourbon is hard to come by, ABC is giving all Virginian’s an equal opportunity to earn the right to purchase it. Customers can enter the lottery to purchase a four-bottle set or one of the select bottles in the lottery.

The offerings range in price from $59.99 to $999.99. Each of the five lotteries will be open for five days between Dec. 6 and Jan. 14, and winners will be selected at random. To make a winning purchase, residents must choose their preferred store and provide a valid Virginia photo ID.

For information on the specific bottles, rules, and open lottery dates, please visit:

This story work published in partnership with WYDaily’s sister paper, Southside Daily.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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