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Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Wednesday: 4:00 pm – 10 pm.
  • Thursday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to Midnight.
  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Food Offerings

We’re always looking for creative ways to enhance our food offerings – have a favorite food truck? Connect us! We regularly have a grilled menu from Kent Island Crab Cakes, local food trucks, caterers or other offerings. If you’re craving something in particular, our staff can arrange options from various local menus. Please check our website or Facebook page for updated news.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, feel free to send us a message. We welcome your input!


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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