JH Bards Spirit Co. opens as Pulaski County’s first distillery

New River Valley natives open distillery to pour into their community

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. – Pulaski County is getting its first distillery. JH Bards Spirit Co. opens this weekend. 10 News is working for you and got a look inside before the doors open to the public on Saturday.

Whiskey, cocktails and a tasting room with local pride in mind are all part of Jayson Hudson and Jason Hardy’s vision. It’s been two years in the making and a New River Valley location was always part of the dream.

“Being local boys ourselves we wanted to make sure we gave back to the community we grew up in. We have a lot of restaurants in the area starting to carry our products,” said Hudson, co-owner and director of operations.

If you sit down and order a cocktail, know all cocktails are made with all-natural and local ingredients and the cocktail syrups are made-in-house.

At the distillery, taste and educating whiskey drinkers on the process behind what they’re tasting is a priority.

Take their bourbon whiskey for example. Hudson said it doesn’t taste like your average bourbon which they are very proud of.

“It’s super smooth and lots of big flavors right out the gate but then on the finish it ends up with a lot of barrel smoke, char and wood and so it leaves a nice long lingering flavor in your mouth,” Hudson said.

While taste is important, it’s the owners’ passion to pour into their community that really brings this new business to life.


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