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.

Brett Cotten

Brett Cotten

Distiller's Assistant

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!

Starr Kelly

Starr Kelly

Distillery Ambassador

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!



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Visit our retail store

Open Tuesday - Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 11am-7pm


Distillery Tours & Tastings

Thursday - Sunday 2-6pm

Limited to 10 guests

*Hours may vary due to ABC regulations. Please call with questions.