RICHMOND, Va. — With the city’s count of breweries and cideries mounting, a local distillery is joining the wave of new tasting rooms and taprooms cropping up across Richmond.
Cirrus Vodka is putting the finishing touches on its new tasting room at 1603 Ownby Lane near The Diamond. The new space is set to make its debut sometime this month, hopefully before Dec. 25, said founder Paul McCann.
“We wanted to have a place where people could taste what we make right here in Richmond,” said McCann, whose Richmond-based Parched Group LLC owns and operates Cirrus Vodka. “We figured this would be the best way for locals to try our vodka.”
The new tasting room will occupy about 750 square feet of space in the nearly 7,000-square-foot facility that Cirrus leases. Plans call for the space to be updated to include a tasting bar, flat screen TVs and an outdoor patio area with a fire pit. McCann would not say how much Cirrus plans to invest in the project.
Sterling Roberts, a working partner and investor with Parched Group, said the company would have never considered a tasting room had state laws for how craft distilleries can publicly serve spirits not changed earlier this year.