KO Distilling

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Hours Open to the Public: Thursday: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday: 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed Tours, tastings and special events at other times possible. Check KO’s web site or social media platforms for updates on operational hours, such as on holidays. A person having a tasting or purchasing spirits must be at least 21 years old

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The Distillery’s Story

KO Distilling is a new craft distillery located in historic Manassas, VA, which is approximately 30 miles west-southwest of Washington, DC. It was established in May 2013 by long-time friends and college classmates Bill Karlson and John O’Mara, hence the KO. The distillery opened its doors to the public on September 12, 2015. It is proud to be the 19th operating distillery in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of over 1,200 (and growing) craft distilleries in the United States. KO partners with local small businesses, including local farms, to be able to operate their distillery and produce locally made spirits.

KO’s Spirits

KO Distilling makes, bottles, stores, sells and ships “clear” unaged spirits, including three gins and a white whiskey. It also makes, barrels and ages small batch “brown” spirits, including an aged wheat whiskey, rye whiskey and straight bourbon whiskey. Its first aged spirit, Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey, was released in late 2016. In June 2017, KO will be officially releasing its second brown spirit—Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey. In early 2018, the company will release its first small batch straight bourbon whiskey.

KO sources its wheat, corn, rye and malted barley to make small batch wheat whiskey, rye and bourbon from local farms. In so doing, it supports a grain-to-glass concept for alcoholic beverage products, similar to the farm-to-table food model for restaurants. This helps small businesses in the area work together to support the local economy. KO spirits are certified
as Virginia’s Finest products and as Craft Distilled Spirits by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and the American Distilling Institute, respectively.

KO’s Facility

KO Distilling is both a local manufacturing plant and a travel/tourism destination. In its 12,000 sf facility, the distilling plant features a 550-gallon Vendome copper pot/hybrid still, a similar sized mash tun, fermentation tanks, grain handling system and bottling area. Unlike many craft distilleries, KO also has a barrel-storage where spirits can be aged. That area is 4,000 sf and can hold up to 1,000 53-gallon charred oak whiskey barrels. As a destination, KO has a beautifully decorated 2,500 sq ft visitors center used for tastings, guided tours and special events, including private functions. In late 2017, KO Distilling will expand its distilling plant with an additional still and hence triple its production capacity and use of grains from local farms.


KO Distilling




10381 Central Park Drive, Suite 105
Manassas, VA 20110

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