Silverback Distillery is committed to producing the finest quality American bourbon, whiskey, gin, and vodka. We are equally dedicated to being exemplary stewards of the environment and therefore have made it our mission to become industry leaders in “green” distilling and production methodologies through minimizing energy usage and environmental impact. In leveraging innovative engineering and “out of the nest” thinking, Silverback Distillery has created a production process that uses geothermal technologies for “chilling water” and “heating water” during the distillation process. We are proudly pioneering the use of geothermal technologies for spirits production. A dedicated heat exchanger reduces energy costs by saving the heated water from geothermal chilling processes in order to cook our proprietary whiskey mash which additionally saves on water usage). This “Chill to Spill” system uses one-fifth (1/5) the electricity required for electric and propane conventional chilling methods. We further reduce dependence on fossil fuels by using multiple-staged electric boilers rated as “98% efficient”. Multiple-stage boilers are programmed to use only the “exact energy needed” for required steam pressure. Our lighting and heat systems have been optimized for efficiency. Our distillery building was designed and built solar ready.When the planned solar panel system is installed, it will help heat the vast amount of water needed for distillation while providing interior and exterior lighting.
Silverback Distillery also partners with local Virginia farmers. All of our rye, winter wheat, white corn, and malted barley grains are grown and harvested in Virginia. After the distillation process is completed, the spent mash is picked up by local farmers to fertilize their fields and/or use as animal feed, all of which is EPA approved.
Location: 9374 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Afton, VA 22920