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OUR STORY: COLD COUNTRY SALMON AND JAMES RIVER DISTILLERY

Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.


Our Story events create a platform for us to share our Virginia based vendors with our guests. In January 2017, we’ve  featured two unique and growing companies at each of our locations. Now we want to share with you what they do, why they do it and why they love it so much.

Cold Country Salmon

Zac Culbertson heads Cold Country Salmon, whose home base is located in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. There he runs a small acreage farm when he’s not traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska to fish and supply local restaurants and patrons with fresh, sustainable, “beyond sushi grade” salmon.

What inspired you to start making your products?

My inspiration for fishing wild caught salmon was primarily my desire to see true, and unfettered wild salmon, available to one of the most food conscious populations in the U.S. The salmon I mostly see offered at retail establishments and in restaurants is generally farmed which is not only environmentally destructive and unhealthy, but also doesn't meet the expectations of Virginia’s highly informed consumer.  Hence my great success so far!

What would you say makes your products unique?

The fact that we are the only community supported fishery in Virginia, and as far as I know the only fishermen direct pacific seafood offered in Virginia. Any other pacific fish you buy in Virginia has passed through a number of middlemen and processors which unfortunately can result in a degraded product or potentially a mis-labeled one.


James River Distillery

Located in Richmond VA, James River Distillery works with a small crew led by Dwight Chew, master distiller. They’re hard at work using world class Vendome stills to make regionally focused craft spirits. Using high quality, organic spirits, their line of products is nothing short of unique and exciting!

What inspired you to start making your products?

Each of our six spirits had a different inspiration, but from the beginning we have tried to be as much of a local distillery as possible. Four of our products are made from VA grown organic corn and every step of the process is done at our RVA distillery. We are driven by the desire to make locally-produced world-class spirits.

What would you say makes your products unique?

Each one of our six spirits is unique due to the ingredients and methods we use to create them. Our Commonwealth Gin is made with hops and fresh cantaloupe; our Continental Gin is juniper forward with a smooth sarsaparilla and slightly peppery finish; our UA Gin is 114 proof and perfectly designed for G&Ts; our Oster Vit aquavit is flavored using Rappahannock River oyster shells and caraway seeds; our Jackson & James Rum is made from demerara sugar and has caramel and coffee notes; and our Arctic Snow is a traditional-style potato vodka that we made in collaboration with GWAR.

As a distillery we are unique because we are not locking ourselves into just one style and our main commitment is to great spirits. We also offer tours and tastings at our distillery six days a week.


Don’t miss your chance to meet local vendors and sample their offerings in February.. For more information, visit our website, Facebook or join our mailing list.



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