Have you ever dreamed of opening your own business? I know we have a few ideas in our own family hoping to one day open a food truck or a restaurant. A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, two college classmates who became lifelong friends. Bill and John just had their dreams come true when KO Distilling celebrated their grand opening. Their long time vision just became a reality with the grand opening of KO Distilling in Manassas Virginia. This brand new attraction, a true labor of love, is the perfect destination for any visitor to Virginia. Why is it called KO Distilling? Combine the first letters of Bill and John’s last names and you have the KO. We recently had a walking tour of KO Distilling and it was fascinating. Who knew how complicated it was to make spirits? Bill and John had been dreaming of opening a craft distillery since their days spent together in the Merchant Marine Academy. We learned about the entire process, stage by stage, the state and national level regulations, and wow, the process is really complicated. But in the end it is all worth it. This new location allows them to both create their products as well as have a sample room (which doubles as an ABC location so you can buy bottles and merchandise right there) a small bar, a comfortable couch, tvs and get together areas. Our behind-the-scenes tour of the facility was fantastic and so informative. We were so impressed with the amount of care and quality that goes into the making of their spirits. This 550 gallon Vendome copper pot still is worth the trip alone!
THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARRED OAK BARRELS
KO Distilling has three products currently for sale.
- Code 27910 – Virginia Moon White Whiskey – 750ml – $30.80 per bottle
- Code 29314 – Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength – 750ml – $35.00 per bottle
- Code 29316 – Battle Standard 142 Standard Strength – 750ml – $33.50 per bottle
RELAX AFTER YOUR TOUR
KO Distilling would be the perfect destination for a Girls Night Out, a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party, or a Guys Night Out if you live in DC Metro Area. Stop by on a Sunday and you can catch one of the Football games on a big screen. You can even get a nice limo to bring you to KO Distilling as well as some close by vineyards. What a wonderful time you will have. Don’t you just want to sit back and relax right here? The lounge is comfortable and inviting, filled with copper and oak, just waiting for you to visit.
KEEP UP WITH KO DISTILLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
There are many ways that you can keep up to date with all the exciting things happening at KO Distilling.
“Like” their Facebook Page here.
Follow them on Twitter here.
Catch their recent photos on Instagram here.
or visit them for a tour and a tasting at 10381 Central Park Drive Suite 105 Manassas VA 20110.
BECOME A PLANKOWNER
KO Distilling has a one time only program for you to join. Each PlanKOwner member will receive 20% off all distillery merchandise until August 2016, unlimited free tours of the facility, 1 free guest each visit until August 2016, a PlanKOwner challenge coin, invitations to private events, a PlanKOwner hat and t shirt, their name on the PlanKOwner plaque & webpage for life, a PlanKOwner certificate and card as well as a newsletter. This is a one time only program, don’t delay.
GRAND OPENING WEEKEND FESTIVITIES
We had so much fun at the Grand Opening Festivities. Tours and tastings were plentiful. Live music was enjoyed by all the attendees. The kids enjoyed amazing face painting. Food trucks fed the hungry visitors. All of the grand opening visitors received a cool souvenir, a KO Distilling shot glass. A local vineyard was also in attendance sampling their bottles of wine. It was so much fun and wonderful to see that hard work and dedication pay off.
HOURS FOR TOURS & TASTINGS
KO Distilling in Manassas Virginia is now officially open! How often can you take a walking tour and see how a product is made? KO Distilling is currently hosting walk-in tours of the distillery for $6 per individual (You must be at least 21 years old). We were fortunate enough to be able to take this tour before the grand opening and it is definitely worth your time. We learned more than we ever thought there was to know and we now have a new appreciation of both the process and the amount of care that goes into the making of each product. When you find yourself near Manassas make sure you make a trip over to KO for a tour and tasting.
- Tuesday-Friday: 1:00-6:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 12:00-7:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 1:00-6:00 p.m.