Richmond has very quickly become a haven for craft beer, with breweries taking up residence throughout the city, and especially in Scott’s Addition. In one such brewery is where the story of Belle Isle Moonshine began. Co-founders Vince Riggi and Brian Marks were enjoying the lively atmosphere and thought to themselves; how can we make a social space like this with a distillery? Vince said, “it really opened [their] eyes to what a location like that could create”. So, with that idea, they set off to find out what it would take to make their dream a reality. Originally, it was going to be Belle Isle Bourbon, however the aging process would take too long and space in the market was limited. The founders then set their sights on moonshine. Not only does Virginia have a rich history with it, (which you can read about on their website) but they noticed that unlike every other liquor, there was no premium label for moonshine. From there, Belle Isle Premium Moonshine was born.
Today the company is thriving. You can find their bottles on shelves at many of the top restaurants and bars in Richmond, and selling out of ABC stores. This up and coming company is moving fast, spreading from state to state and soon, you’re going to see their name everywhere. I was lucky enough to score a visit to their distillery to meet Vince and the rest of the team, and here’s what I learned:
So when you’re out on the town this weekend, look for the Belle Isle Premium Moonshine label, and as always, drink responsibly.
Belle Isle Moonshine is a member of the StartUp Virginia high growth incubator in Richmond, Virginia.