2017 September Spirits Month


WHEREAS, September Spirits Month celebrates and promotes Virginia as the Birthplace of American Spirits – with almost 60 Virginia distilleries that are important to our nation’s history; and

WHEREAS, the care and craftsmanship displayed by our distillers is drawing global attention to Virginia; further positioning the Commonwealth as a culinary destination and as a region for high-quality distilled spirits production; and

WHEREAS, enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike can enjoy the diverse categories of distilled spirits produced in the Commonwealth, including: whiskey (bourbon, rye, single malt, moonshine), gin, brandy, rum, and vodka, in addition to several lesser known unique spirits such as: aquavit, pastis, absinthe, various flavored liqueurs, and more; and

WHEREAS, according to Whisky Magazine’s 2017 World Whiskies Awards, Virginia owns the title of World's Best Bourbon and Best American Single Malt Whisky; and

WHEREAS, by supporting Virginia distilled spirits, citizens support our local economies and farmers, as many of our distillers depending on Virginia’s agriculture as the foundation for the raw materials used for producing our spirts, as well as for sourcing finishing components for their spirits such as wine, cider and beer barrels; and

WHEREAS, Virginia distillers practice sustainability by recycling or repositioning byproduct waste materials from production to local farms for animal feed and other uses; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s distilled spirits industry is performing better than ever, with more than $6 million dollars in sales for FY 2016 – a 157% percent increase since FY 2013; and

WHEREAS, travelers can experience the state with taste by pairing the Virginia spirits with Virginia beef, ham, cheeses, peanuts and more created in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, in 2017, Virginia Tourism Corporation, in partnership with the Virginia Distillers Association, local tourism offices, local planning district commissions, and private partners, began working together to create the Virtual Virginia Spirits Trail which will allow visitors to easily plan their trips to Virginia’s distilleries and other cultural destinations spread out over eight regions; and

WHEREAS, Virginia distillers and all agencies of Virginia state government encourage the safe and responsible consumption of all alcoholic beverages; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is for Spirits Lovers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2017 as SEPTEMBER SPIRITS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.