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The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is a distillery that was originally based on the Bowman family's 7,200-acre Sunset Hills Farm in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, in what later became the planned community of Reston. The distillery was founded in 1934 on the day after the end of Prohibition, by Abram Smith Bowman and his sons, Abram Smith, Jr., and DeLong.
From the time of its founding until the 1950s, it was the only legal whiskey distillery in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The primary brands produced by the distillery were the Virginia Gentleman and Fairfax County bourbon whiskeys.
In February 1988, it relocated to Spotsylvania County, near Fredericksburg, into a former FMC Corp. cellophane plant at One Bowman Drive, where operation continues as a microdistillery owned by the Sazerac Company.
The A. Smith Bowman distillery business was purchased in 2003 by the Sazerac Company, which is a large privately owned liquor producer with headquarters in New Orleans.
It continues to operate (at a different location from the original distillery), and produces the Virginia Gentleman bourbon brand,other bourbons, and other products including a vodka called "Deep Run" and a gin called "Sunset Hills".
In particular, it also produces bourbon brands named after the Bowman family of Virginia/Kentucky pioneers, including:
Bowman Brothers Small Batch bourbon, named after the pioneer Bowman brothers, who were sometimes called the "Four Centaurs of Cedar Creek"
Abraham Bowman bourbon, named after Colonel Abraham Bowman (1749–1837)
George Bowman rum, named after George Bowman (1699–1768)
John J. Bowman Single Barrel bourbon, named after Colonel John Bowman (1738–1784)