In 1927, The Virginia Beach night hid the reckless and the lawless under cloaks of shadow and silence. It was a time of midnight runs on no-name roads, care modified to outrace the law, and drivers drunk on the promise of bootleg money. Deception rolled thick as the salt in the sea air. The moss, like whispers, hung from the Oaks and bald Cypress, as it did across much of the great American south.
History will recall us.
Co-Owner & Operator
Andrew was born and raised in Virginia Beach. Andrew developed the unique idea of opening a distillery in Virginia Beach in 2010. After years of research, development, and mentoring under one of the country's best master distillers his dream finally came to fruition inside of the Historic Cavalier hotel, which he grew up just a few miles away from. Andrew is the Head of Operations for Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.
Co-Owner & Marketing
Distiller & Chemist
Justin Boyle has lived in Virginia Beach for 10 years after serving in the Navy. He received his bachelors degree in biology from Old Dominion University with disciplines in organic and inorganic chemistry as well as microbiology. Justin came to Tarnished Truth Distilling Company with years of experience in the bourbon and whiskey industry. He truly appreciate the science behind a finely made bourbon and perfecting each aspect of it.
Brett Cotten’s can-do attitude makes him the perfect team member to assist in the production of our award-winning spirits. When the Virginia Beach native isn’t helping manage day-to-day production and operations, he spends his time learning as much as he can about the craft. Brett’s background in math and science are a big help. So is his previous experience as Restaurant Supervisor at Tortuga’s. Fun fact: Brett is currently in school for his Bachelor’s in accounting, too!
Ready for some great tips on all-things craft spirits? Come meet Starr. She’s our distillery ambassador, and her knowledge and enthusiasm for spirits production is unrivaled. From distilling to drinking, Starr shares all her best tips while she’s leading our tasting tours or running the shop. She's fascinated by all the details that go into creating a delicious bourbon whiskey!
As the former beverage specialist at the Cavalier Hotel, Rachael Blake has been part of the Tarnished Truth story since the beginning. Now as our Distillery Ambassador, she gets to tell that story every day. A 15-year hospitality industry pro focused on distilled spirits for the last 10, Rachael is a Hampton Roads native who loves watching our local team and local brand grow. Plus, getting to make good whiskey is pretty fun. Ready to talk The Truth? Talk to Rachael.