Belle Isle Moonshine After Party

1240350The Sunset Cruise with Belle Isle Moonshine is sold out, but come join us for the after party at Shiplock Brewing to taste the moonshine, purchase cocktails, Shiplock beer, and Boka Taco food!

When: July 9th, 2019 8pm-10pm

Where: Shiplock Brewing 115 S 15th Street, Richmond, Va

What: Belle Isle representatives will be there to help you learn about their moonshine while you taste and enjoy!

Free Tickets!

June 11th Sunset Cruise sold out! Check out the July 9th and August 20 cruises

Wow, thanks to all of you we sold out the Sunset Cruise with Virago Spirits! I’m glad there is so much interest in learning about our local distilleries. There are still seats on the July 9th cruise with Belle Isle and the August 20th cruise with Three Crosses Distillery. See you soon! And special thanks to the repeat customers who are going on a second cruise!

VaBoozNews Sunset Cruise with Virago Spirits


Our next Sunset Cruise is June 11th, from 7-8 pm and will be featuring Virago Spirit’s Four Port Rum and Ruby Cask Finished Rum. Their Four Port Rum recently won “Best in Class” at the American Distilling Institute’s judging this year! Join the VaBoozNews crew and Luke Sartori from Virago spirits as we learn about their distillery, their rum, and taste the rum! Click the link below for tickets and some more information. See you in June!

Sunset Cruise Tickets

May Sunset Cruise Update!

Thanks to everyone for your interest in this first Sunset Cruise. As of today there are 11 seats left, so don’t wait if you want to be sure to go! Dwight Chew, head distiller from James River Spirits and I are working on the cocktails featuring their Oster Vit aquavit and Continental gin you’ll sample on the cruise. Follow for updates!

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Starting May 14th, VaBoozNews will be hosting tasting events for different Virginia Distilleries on the Riverfront Canal Boats in Richmond Virginia. The first event will feature Richmond’s James River Distillery. Get to meet their head distiller, Dwight Chew as you taste their spirits and cocktails during your canal cruise.

After the one hour cruise, you will be invited to the after party at Shiplock Brewing in Richmond, one block away which will feature cocktails made with James River’s spirits as well as food and Shiplock’s beer for purchase.

Click on the links below for more info and to get tickets!

Here are the links:

Sunset Cruise

After Party


Groundhogs Day party 

I have a Groundhogs Day party every year.Why a Groundhogs Day party?  I guess because I grew up in Pennsylvania and because it seemed no one else jad one.

Usually this was at my house, and we always had a lot of fun. This year, after reading that the Byrd theater is screening the movie “Groundhog Day”  I decided to try something different. I also decided to open it up to friends of VaBoozNews. 

For the party this year, we will start with a screening of the movie at 7:15pm. After tue movie, we will go next door to the New York Deli for appetizers, a special tapping of Triple Crossing beer, and special cocktails created for the occasion using Belle Isle moonshine, Cirrus vodka,  and James River spirits.

Beginning at 10pm there will be karaoke and if you want to try singing a groundhog song, you will have your chance! Other fun during tje party as well.

Below is the link to the Eventbrite event. Hope to see you at the party!

Samovar 52nd st, NYC

I was in New York for the weekend to celebrate Betty’s Birthday. Down the street from our Hotel was a Russian restaurant and bar, the Samovar. 

It was a, so we started with Traditional Russian tea from the Samovar. Rich black tea served with honey and lemon. 

Next came the house infused vodka! I chose cucumber infusion, whose light flavor complimented the vodka while allowing the flavor of the vodka to shine through! The horseradish infusion was recommended by Maria, the bartender which was also wonderful

They have sweeter infusions like Mango and raspberry as well

 I would highly recommend stopping by for an authentic experience and outstanding spirits!

Welcome to VaBoozNews!

Welcome to VaBoozNews. This site is the continuation of the writing I began with AshlandBoozNews. As I continue to explore the Craft Spirits scene in Virginia, I got more of a state wide focus. This site will continue to be Spirit and Beer heavy ( reflecting my own interests) along with Cideries, Meaderies, and some wineries.


Thanks Again for stopping by! Karl

Steam Bell (secret) preview

Went to Steam Bell Brew works in Midlothian, Va for their ‘secret’ opening. They had 3 beers,  one sold out before I could try it. Of the 2 I tried, 

The “Grisette” saison: very drinkable, lots of flavors. This is the beer I had 2 of! Just a great session beer

The “Time is Money” IPA: great nose, which is one of the things I look for in an IPA. Not bitter, again very drinkable. Would be a great one to introduce people to the style without burning their taste buds. I love IPAs, hop bombs incuded. I still liked this beer. Good flavor, very balanced. But people who say ‘ I don’t like IPAs’ should still try this.

Great place, friendly vibe, neat pictures on the wall. Southside now has a kick ass brewery!