About us

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.

Modern Era Pioneers

Founders & Distillers

Our Team

It began with an idea, 8 years ago, Virginia Beach natives, Andrew Yancey and Josh Canada set out to craft a Virginia Beach distillery. Partnering with a fellow Virginia native, Bruce Thompson, Gold Key | PHR CEO and founder, led the renovation and revitalization of the Cavalier Hotel. Tarnished Truth holds the distinction of being the first and only distillery in a hotel in the United States. Legendary master distiller, Larry Ebersold, with more than 40 years of experience, leads the distilling team bringing world class spirits to Virginia Beach.

Andrew Yancey

Andrew Yancey

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.

Josh Canada

Josh Canada

Co-Owner & Marketing

Justin Boyle

Justin Boyle

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.

Scott Harris

Scott Harris


Scott joined Tarnished Truth back in late 2017 looking to collaborate & create quality, craft spirits, from scratch; “a grain to glass” process that reflects on his prior, successful role & experience in producing proper, small batch bourbon & “high rye” whiskies. His first batch of bourbon & rye was introduced into oak barrels in 2014, that now has resulted in five Gold Medals & one Silver Metal from The Global Spirits Award (NV).

Matty Cox

Matty Cox

Director of Sales

After more than a decade developing sales and marketing strategies for some of the biggest names in the business, Matty Cox didn’t think twice when we asked him to move back home and join Tarnished Truth. A Virginia Beach native, Matty’s passion for the craft spirits industry is unmatched and unmistakable. He’s a consummate professional, and the best guy we know to bring our products to the marketplace. We’re very lucky to have him. Thanks for coming home, Matty!



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