J.H. Bards Spirit Co.

Microdistillery J.H. Bards Spirit Co. Opens in Fairlawn

Pulaski County, VA – J.H. Bards Spirit Co., a new microdistillery in Virginia’s New River Valley, will open in Fairlawn on March 27, 2021. The grand opening event will include scheduled tasting sessions, the Bluegrass BBQ food truck, and live music.

J.H. Bards Spirit Co., founded by Blacksburg natives Jayson Hudson and Jason Hardy, produces its whiskies and vodka from ingredients grown or sources in Southwest Virginia. The distillery is located in an industrial space in the Pulaski County Innovation Center and features a tasting room made of a reconstructed barn originally located in Blacksburg. “We wanted our tasting room to have the ‘in-the-woods’ feel of the Appalachian Mountains, and we were very fortunate to have come across this barn wood,” said Hardy.

Visit the J.H. Bards website to get more details about the grand opening and to sign up for tastings.

Learn more about local distilleries, breweries, and wineries, part of the thriving food processing & agribusiness industry in Virginia’s New River Valley, here.


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small-town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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