Government regulation and interference had long term effects on American spirits, disrupting distilling practices throughout the mid-Atlantic. To this day, much of modern-day distilling is influenced by The Whiskey Rebellion and by the Prohibition that followed. The thing that remains? A commitment to delicious liquors distilled in the spirit of rebellion. Try a taster at the four distilleries in this pass, located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Ivy City, and raise a glass to the history that is alive and well in modern-day DC.

Included Distilleries
  • Cotton and Reed – Tasting Flight Voucher
  • New Columbia Distillers – Cocktail Voucher
  • One Eight Distilling – Distillery Tour and Tasting
  • Republic Restoratives – Distillery Tour with Tasting OR Cocktail Voucher + 10% Off Bottled Spirits and Merchandise
Included Cultural Institutions
  • Peirce Mill
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History – Admission is Always Free

Included Distilleries and Venues

Cotton & Reed

Co-founders Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton became friends while working as strategists for NASA and the aerospace industry. They discovered a shared passion for spirits at work happy hours, and decided to leave their desk jobs to start a distillery called Cotton & Reed. Under the direction of veteran barman Lukas B. Smith, Cotton & Reed is now serving award-winning cocktails at the distillery tasting room next to Union Market. Look for our products at bars, restaurants, and liquor stores across DC.

  • Tasting Flight Voucher

New Columbia Distillers

New Columbia Distillers is a family business owned by Michael Lowe and his wife, Melissa Kroning and John Uselton and his wife, Elizabeth Lowe.

John and Michael come to their passion for craft distilling by wearing many hats in the restaurant and liquor business—not to mention the military and legal worlds. From Houston to Boston to Washington, John has worked in all capacities of front-of-house restaurant work—from humble busboy to award-winning bar- tender to savvy manager. Michael spent a couple of years on a Navy submarine and a few more at private DC law firms. He retired from the law in 2008, bought himself several cocktail books and started investigating the art and science of distilling.

  • Cocktail Voucher

One Eight Distilling

One Eight Distilling is named for Article One Section Eight of the Constitution, which among other things provided for the establishment of a district to serve as the nation’s capital. This connection to history and tradition informs our founding values: we use local ingredients to create the bold flavors of our region for the people who take no shortcuts.

  • Distillery Tour with Tasting

Peirce Mill

Isaac Peirce built Peirce Mill on Rock Creek in 1829. Using the moving water as a power source, the mill ground corn, wheat, and rye. Succeeding generations further developed the mill, sawmill, orchard, and tree nursery. Before the Civil War, slaves provided much of the labor on the 960 acre property. In 1890, an act of Congress incorporated the mill and 350 acres of the property into Rock Creek Park. The mill operated until the turbine's shaft broke in 1897.

Republic Restoratives Distillery

Republic Restoratives stands for community, authenticity and most of all friendship. We believe that cocktails create community, and that you, our customers, are at the core of what we do and why we do it. Our goal is to create experiences where people feel as connected to Republic Restoratives and to our products as they do to one another.

  • Cocktail Voucher
  • 10% Off Bottled Spirits and Merchandise

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History is home to more than 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections. On behalf of the nation, we preserve and share the extraordinary national collections encompassing everything for the original Star Spangled Banner to Abraham Lincoln’s top hat; from the first computer bug to the first artificial heart; from Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet to Dorthy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. Our archival collections include a remarkable array of American history in documents, photographs, and other works, including major holding on the histories of American business and music.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, the museum explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history.

Our artifacts form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history in the world. Those interested in exploring the history of the Whiskey Rebellion can turn their attention to the exhibition, The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, where we have several objects on display that relate to this historical event. The Price of Freedom surveys the history of American’s military from the French and Indain Wars to the present conflict in the Middle East, Exploring ways in which wars have been defining episodes in American history. The exhibition features George Washington’s sword and scabbard, which he wore as a general and commander in chief of the Continental army and also during his presidency. The last time Washington wore this sword, he led 13,000 federal militiamen to Western Pennsylvania to quash the rebellion in the fall of 1794. By the time the militia arrived, the whiskey tax protesters had disbanded and no military confrontation occurred. Washington’s efforts to demonstrate the strength of the federal government and its ability to stifle internal rebellion through a federal militia had succeeded.

  • Admission to the Museum is Always Free