We spent the afternoon in glorious, 75° F weather, at the Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival http://appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org/oyster%20festival.htm , a stone’s throw from the famous Civil War battlefield, put on by the Appomattox Historical Society. Yes… I get the irony of the idea of a seafood fest in a landlocked, foothills region.
We had a great time, as usual. And enjoyed the local “flavor” of the event. The Appomattox Historical Society puts on a variety of events every year. Many of them surrounding the budding alcoholic industry in the region. An annual wine festival, highlighting local and regional winerys. An annual Moonshine Fest, featuring local distilleries. The (now) annual Oyster Fest… Featuring seafood and lots of booze (wineries, distilleries, breweries, and the like). The only thing missing for a local booze hound is a Brew Fest.
At this particular event, Maria and I stumbled upon a tasting tent for Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Afton, VA. Maria has never been a “Whiskey Girl” but, she enjoyed, a lot, the Blackback Honey Rye.
Now… as for myself, I am a Rye Whiskey enthusiast. And I enjoyed the Blackback, Lucky 13 Rye. A lot. It may become a regular alternate to my favored, Templeton Rye.
In any case… I spent some time cruising around the interwebz for information surrounding Silverback. And, found a local company I really like. In an industry that is hamstrung, as is brewing, by Big Beer and Big Licquor, through lobbying legislators to cripple small business via legislating State alcohol distribution laws. Frankly, alcohol distribution and regulation is disgusting and corrupt. And, goes back to the first, post-Constitution, unconstitutional governement actions. Read up on the Whiskey Rebellion during Washington’s administration. If you’re not already aware of that historical nugget, you’ll have an eye opening experience that will begin to shed some light on my general dislike and distrust of government generally and federals specifically. Badges are not welcome at the Yeoman Freehold. Below is a promotional video for Silverback:
So… to make a long, rambling story as short as possible… Support your local brewers and distillers. Enjoy their wares. If you don’t drink whiskey… start. If you are a reader of the Yeoman Journal, move to central Virginia… our porches are too far apart.
Here are a couple pics from the event.