Governor Hogan’s November 10th update can be found here

INDOOR DINING CAPACITY REDUCED TO 50%: The governor issued an emergency order reducing indoor operations for bars and restaurants from 75% to 50%. Bars and restaurants in the State of Maryland are permitted to be open for seated and distanced service only, with strict capacity restrictions. Read the governor’s order.

Staff is required to wear masks at all times. Customers may only remove masks when seated at a table while eating or drinking. The full mandate is here:

MASKS: Governor Hogan has expanded an emergency order, which requires all Marylanders over the age of 5 to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. The expanded order took effect July 31 at 5 p.m. Face coverings are also required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing. The expanded order continues to provide certain exceptions, including for medical conditions. Read the CDC guidance regarding how you can make and use homemade cloth face coverings.

Tavern Hours | Indoor & Outdoor Seating | To-Go & Curbside Retail

COVID-19 Requirements

The business and tavern staff is following all of Queen Anne’s County COVID-19 requirements. We must adhere to these rules so please be patient with us during these trying times.

  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

  • Monday – Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

  • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to Midnight

Blackwater Distilling is able to sell craft beer and cocktail growlers, along with our bottled spirits including vodka and whiskey, with curbside pick-up from the tavern just off Route 50 but distillery tours are still suspended. The Tavern is now open inside and out with expanded outdoor seating. We must follow Queen Anne’s County COVID-19 regulations, including 50% capacity seating.

For cocktail and beer growler fills, we now offer 64oz growler purchases for an additional $5, or bring your own and we’ll fill it. Call us to order or ask any questions: 443-249-3123. You may also email us at We will soon have our online store setup with to-go and curbside options!

Hand Sanitizer Production

“Early in March our production manager mentioned that we should start looking into how to make hand sanitizer,” said Blackwater Distilling partner Chris Cook. “It wasn’t long after that we began hearing reports that sanitizer was in low supply. The recipe is pretty simple, and ten days later we had a batch of high-octane sanitizer.”

The sanitizer produced by Blackwater Distilling follows World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and includes glycerin to help prevent chapped hands. The alcohol content, per WHO direction, is 80% – much higher than typical consumer grade sanitizer.


We are Maryland’s spirit.

Lifelong Marylanders, we started Blackwater Distilling in 2008 because we were irresistibly drawn to our state’s unique distilling history.

Before Prohibition, Maryland produced what was widely regarded to be the nation’s finest whiskey, a distinct style called Maryland Rye. During the 13 years of Prohibition, Maryland’s enterprising farmers continued to turn their plentiful harvests into high-proof “swamp lightning” in stills hidden among the coves, inlets and marshes of the Chesapeake. Oystermen and crabbers smuggled the “good stuff” up and down the Bay, evading Federal Revenue agents and the Coast Guard, finding safe haven among the close-lipped communities that lined the tidewater.

Today, as Maryland’s first fully licensed distillery to open since the early 1970’s, we are committed to cultivating that independent spirit by making distinctive craft spirits that stand apart from the crowd, using the most exceptional ingredients, and furthering our rich Chesapeake Bay heritage. Few times in life does one truly have the opportunity to ‘pioneer’ an old way of life. We hope you’ll join us on the adventure!

Christopher Cook & Jonathan Cook


“Gold Medal, Best Vodka in Show”

New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

“94 Points” 

Tasting Panel Magazine

This is the smoothest, best vodka I’ve ever had. It’s now the only one I drink. I drive from NY to MD once a year to stock up.
Highly recommended!!

Susan Mare Jacob, Facebook Review

Blackwater Distillery was awesome, a must do if you are in Maryland. Staff is so knowledgeable and walked us through the making of each vodka and rum. Brought our puppy and had an amazing time learning about the process, the use of all natural ingredients and the passion behind it all! Left with two bottles!!!

Heather Votor, Facebook Review - Distillery Tour

Let me say…

My significant other and I have done many stops on the Bourbon Trail. We love distillery tours and seeing how each place differs.

We were in Baltimore for a weekend in April and our last day was just a rainy mess. I was looking for anything to do and came across the Blackwater distillery… And it was open on a Sunday.

We showed up and spent nearly 2 hours there learning about their process, being bribed to come back and help bottle, and tasting all their wonderful small batch liquors. We ended up buying Sloop Betty and Coffee Rum… And then a bunch of gear. I wear that hoodie every work weekend, when I wish I was drinking instead.

The guy working that day was. Incredibly knowledgeable and loves his job.

If we are ever back in the area, hopefully we will get to stop by the new place!

Nicole Marie, Facebook Review - Distillery Tour
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