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“A hidden gem in Charlestown West Virginia”

Bloomery Plantation Distillery
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Fairfax, Virginia
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51 reviews
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“A hidden gem in Charlestown West Virginia”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Had a wonderful visit at the Bloomery this weekend with a group of friends. We managed to organize a private tasting on the second floor away from the crowded main level, so we were able to sample their 14 sweetwines at our own pace and chat among ourselves without disruption. The main level is quite cozy and intimate. When we were there, it was very crowded (standing room only) so I would recommend arranging a private tasting, especially for groups of 4 or more.

Zoe was our private hostess during our tastings. She was extremely friendly and knowledgable about each of the samples. You can tell Bloomery puts a lot of love & care into the making of their sweetwines. My favorites were the ginger , pumpkin spice and their signature limoncello. Recipe cards are provided to each visitor so that some creative conconctions can be made at home.

The sample tastings are free and because of strict local laws, any purchased sweetwines cannot be consumed on the premises. The staff is generous to offer extra samples to taste if requested, but after sampling 14 in one sitting, it was more than enough for me! Also, they do not serve food on the premises, but allow you to bring your own.

The Bloomery is a wonderful day trip venue, about an hour drive from Fairfax/Loudoun County. A little hard to find off Charlestown Road using GPS, so strongly suggest following the exact directions on their website. Look for a small lemon shaped sign on the roadside and drive down the dirt path about a 1/4mile. The Bloomery is located on a small hill on the property. There is a short steep unpaved incline to get to the parking area in front of the Bloomery, so make sure you get a running start with the gas pedal or shift to 4 wheel drive to get to the top.

I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.~

Visited February 2014
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Rob L, Owner at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, responded to this review, January 13, 2016
Thank you for visiting! Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you up on our hill again soon!
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Quinton, Virginia
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gotta visit!1”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

We visited the Bloomery on Saturday, January 18th. We stopped on our way to the Hillbrook Inn. It was great. A small little place with a great staff. We tasted all kinds of "hooch". The commentary from the bartenders was hilarious. Got some great recipes and came home with just a little "moonshine". (when I say a little I might mean a a lot...lol). Don't miss it if you are headed to Charles Town.

Visited January 2014
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Rob L, Owner at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, responded to this review, January 13, 2016
Thank you for visiting! Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you up on our hill again soon!
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North Garden, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Must see for Charles Town!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Bloomery Plantation Distillery Sweet Shine was the highlight of my weekend! We came to Charles Town for the casino and left RAVING about how wonderful our experience at the distillery had been.
We went on a busy saturday afternoon, standing room only when we walked in. The ladies behind the counter were absolutely welcoming and the atmosphere was like old friends. The jokes and history the pair shared with us really captured the essence of who they are.
The actual Sweetshines were a whole different ballgame than anything we've ever had. I HAD to come home with a bottle of the Raspberry Lemon, but really wish I had won much more money at the casino so I could have had one of each! They gave us about 10 different concoctions, some straight from the bottle and other recipes that were absolutely fabulous!
Everyone that asked about our trip has been invited to go back with us!

Visited January 2014
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Rob L, Owner at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, responded to this review, January 13, 2016
Thank you for visiting! Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you up on our hill again soon!
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Hedgesville, West Virginia
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“Always a Pleasant Experience - A Must Stop”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We make this a must see stop every time we have out of state visitors in town. What a great experience. The limoncello is the best you will find anywhere not to mention all the other flavors. The staff is outstanding. They make you feel at home and provide a high level of entertainment while telling you about their product. The tasting and the entertainment is FREE. Rob, Allison and Zoe are the best and are enjoying great success. I am so happy to see individuals with a dream and a willingness to work hard have such great success. They deserve all the accolades they receive.

Visited January 2014
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Rob L, Owner at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, responded to this review, January 13, 2016
Thank you for visiting! Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you up on our hill again soon!
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“Exceeded expectations”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

A friend took us to this hidden gem of a distillery, and on the way there, I thought, "How good could this place off the beaten track be?" Of course, as is usually the case when taking the road less travelled, it was well worth it. Not only did we enjoy tastes of some of the best liquors ever, the staff was friendly, we were entertained by live music, and the repurposed barn made an impressive venue. I love that they are using local ingredients, including their own lemons and ginger (grown in an on-site greenhouse), peaches, apples, pumpkins, and even black walnuts. I'll be back next time that I'm in the area.

Visited September 2013
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Rob L, Owner at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, responded to this review, January 13, 2016
Thank you for visiting! Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you up on our hill again soon!
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