Blackwater Distilling, CBEC set partnership
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.