Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing, CBEC set part­ner­ship

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STEVENSVILLE — Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing is proud to part­ner with the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter in an ef­fort to fur­ther pro­grams that en­hance ed­u­ca­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and aware­ness of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The part­ner­ship launches as Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing un­veils an Indiegogo crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to boost funds as­so­ci­ated with open­ing its new tav­ern that was an­nounced this past spring. The tav­ern will be vis­i­ble from U.S. Route 50 on Kent Is­land, of­fer­ing res­i­dents and trav­el­ers a fresh op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Mary­land’s lo­cal craft spir­its, wine, beer and food.

Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing is on tap to spon­sor nu­mer­ous CBEC pro­grams in­clud­ing the an­nual Wet and Wild Auc­tion, Crit­ters and Cock­tails, and Pad­dlepalooza. The new tav­ern will also fea­ture orig­i­nal art de­signed to draw at­ten­tion to CBEC’s mis­sion and pro­grams as well as a sig­na­ture CBEC cock­tail. CBEC will host events at Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing’s new lo­ca­tion, us­ing the venue to reach new au­di­ences with their mes­sage of stew­ard­ship.

“The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter and Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing share very like-minded thoughts about our en­vi­ron­ment and the Bay,” said Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing COO Jonathan Cook. “In fact, the her­itage of dis­till­ing al­co­hol in Mary­land in­volved many early dis­tillers haul­ing their spir­its up and down the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay by boat — the best way they had to de­liver it to the masses. We re­spect that great body of wa­ter and wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with an or­ga­ni­za­tion so deeply ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion of it.”

Guests can learn more about CBEC and the new Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing Tav­ern at a Farewell Party tak­ing place from noon to 6 p.m. Sun­day, July 15, at the dis­tillery’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion, 184 Log Ca­noe Cir­cle in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Busi­ness Park. Dis­tillery tours and tast­ings will be free dur­ing the event and guests will en­joy food from Smoke, Rat­tle & Roll, mu­sic noon to 2 p.m. by Justin Ryan and 3 to 5 p.m. by the Gin­ger Cats and, of course, cock­tails.

“I am ex­cited about this part­ner­ship, as both Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing and CBEC are work­ing for the same goal … a healthy, pro­duc­tive Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The part­ner­ship also ex­pands our cir­cles to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness rel­e­vant to the Bay. It will be a new op­por­tu­nity to work to­gether in our com­mu­nity and be­yond,” added Judy Wink, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CBEC.

The new Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing Tav­ern, at 405 Cleat Street ad­ja­cent to BOE Ma­rine, will open later this sum­mer with a fo­cus on lo­cally sourced food and bev­er­ages.

Black­wa­ter Dis­till­ing of­fers tours and tast­ings seven days a week from noon to 4 p.m. with tours start­ing at the top of each hour.

JONATHAN COOK

JUDY WINK

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