What we do
From the day we opened in 2014, the team at Silverback Distillery has crafted high-quality, award-winning spirits in the heart of Nelson County. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and bordering the Rockfish River, the distillery and tasting room are a destination worth "a long visit" along Nelson's Route 151. From the refreshing, citrus-forward Strange Monkey Gin to real honey-liqueur infused Blackback Rye Whiskey to the "ultimate butterscotch bomb" Blackback Bourbon, Silverback Distillery strives to produce distinct, flavorful, local spirits from a unique mix of Virginia grain, mountain water and good ol' American craft(woman)ship
Why is the distillery named "Silverback"? Silverback is the nick-name given to Christine's husband, Denver, by their three wonderful, wise-ass daughters. His early graying hair, overprotective demeanor and generally grumpy attitude (although sprinkled with unbridled exuberance) contributed to the name.
It starting with a tasting…
Christine comes from a line of proud, independent women who made and enjoyed top-line hooch. Her great-grandmother made bathtub gin before WWI, on or about 1912...which makes it very coincidental that in the summer of 2012, 100 years after Great-Grammy sipped her own vat-made gin, Christine and her family went on a trip to Europe to explore their Scottish and Irish heritage. Christine was always called to the mountains, and it was in the highlands of Glencoe, Scotland after a visit to Ben Nevis Distillery, that Christine looked at her husband Denver and said, "I am going to make whiskey." The seed was planted for Silverback and Christine never looked back. After apprenticing at a distillery in Washington State, she began her research and trials to find the perfect blend of grains and botanicals for her products. Now a master distiller, Christine plans on expanding her whiskey line and growing the Silverback brand throughout the USA and internationally.