KO Distilling

KO Distilling KO Distilling -- Co-Founders Bill Karlson and John O'Mara (the "K" & the "O" in "KO") opened their new craft distillery on September 12, 2015.
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This FB Page is for 21+ year-old family, friends, followers and enthusiasts of KO Distilling, a new artisan distillery located at 10381 Central Park Drive, Suite 105, Manassas, VA 20110. KO Distilling manufactures, stores and sells quality distilled spirits, including bourbon, rye whiskey, white whiskey, and gin. The distillery has a top-notch visitors center for guided tours, tastings, distilled spirit and merchandise sales, and special events, including private functions. In 2013, KO Distilling was co-founded by Bill Karlson and John O'Mara -- former classmates at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. The distillery opened to the public in Sep 2015.

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Price Range: ££

For individuals and non-tax-exempt organizations interested in 5 or less 5-gallon containers, you can now purchase sanit...
05/08/2020

For individuals and non-tax-exempt organizations interested in 5 or less 5-gallon containers, you can now purchase sanitizer for curbside pickup online through our website!

Pictured here: Ace, Tay, and Wayne hard at work fulfilling your orders.

Virginia’s Fighting Spirit delivered to your door!
05/06/2020

Virginia’s Fighting Spirit delivered to your door!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
05/05/2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

The Derby may be postponed, but it's still Julep season! KO's Cherry Blossom Mint Julep: Muddle three mint leaves and a ...
05/02/2020

The Derby may be postponed, but it's still Julep season!

KO's Cherry Blossom Mint Julep:
Muddle three mint leaves and a sugar cube saturated with Spiced Cherry Bitters in a rocks glass or julep cup. Add .25 ounces of Cherry Blossom Syrup (recipe below), and top with 1.5 ounces of Bare Knuckle Bourbon, crushed ice, and another drop of Spiced Cherry Bitters.

Cherry Blossom Syrup:
4 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz tart cherry juice
2 oz vanilla syrup

Cheers!

A big thanks to the Old Town Whiskey Club for sharing Bare Knuckle Hand Sanitizer with our local community!
05/01/2020

A big thanks to the Old Town Whiskey Club for sharing Bare Knuckle Hand Sanitizer with our local community!

Bare Knuckle Whiskeys and Battle Standard 142 Gins are now available online! If you live in the state of Virginia, you c...
04/29/2020
KO Distilling Distillery Spirits Shop

Bare Knuckle Whiskeys and Battle Standard 142 Gins are now available online! If you live in the state of Virginia, you can now drink local by having Virginia's Fighting Spirit shipped straight to your door.

Spirit orders can also be placed online for distillery store pickup, or you may call between 10-5pm to place an order. Remember to drinKO Responsibly!

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"When you make and sell spirits, you get satisfaction from knowing you are making a quality product that people will lik...
04/24/2020
Mason Engineering alum transforms craft distillery to make hand sanitizer | Volgenau School of Engineering

"When you make and sell spirits, you get satisfaction from knowing you are making a quality product that people will like,” Karlson says. “By producing hand sanitizer, it is gratifying to know that we are doing something that actually might help another human being from getting infected by the virus.”

Thanks to Nanci Hellmich at George Mason University for sharing this story!

Mason Engineering alum transforms craft distillery to make hand sanitizer April 23, 2020   /   by Nanci Hellmich See All News Latest News All RSS Mason Engineering alum transforms craft distillery to make hand sanitizer April 23, 2020 Protecting military personnel: Changing the scope of senior des...

In response to the unprecedented health crisis created by COVID-19, KO Distilling has completed the retooling of the Dis...
04/18/2020
Hand Sanitizer - KO Distilling

In response to the unprecedented health crisis created by COVID-19, KO Distilling has completed the retooling of the Distillery to enable the production of hand sanitizer. We plan to produce approximately 2,000 gallons of Bare Knuckle Hand Sanitizer each week, which is available in 5-gallon pails with pouring spouts.

We plan to donate supplies to Manassas area first responders, hospitals, charitable organizations, and nursing homes. Additional quantities are being sold through government channels or to essential businesses to help cover production costs and support the continued employment of our employees.

If your organization is in need of hand sanitizer, please visit our website to submit your inquiry.

In response to COVID-19, KO Distilling is re-tooling the distillery from crafting amazing spirits to making much needed alcohol and hand sanitizer. We are preparing to produce and distribute 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week until the COVID-19 crisis is over.

Happy Friday!
04/17/2020

Happy Friday!

Today’s #drinKOathome comes from our friends at Back Pocket Provisions, the makers of Bloody Brilliant and the other Blo...
04/15/2020

Today’s #drinKOathome comes from our friends at Back Pocket Provisions, the makers of Bloody Brilliant and the other Bloody Mary mixes you might have seen at KO. Cheers!
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Is it still garnish if it needs its own plate? Let's call this a 🥓-wrapped asparagus sidecar. Just about perfect with this Battle Standard Gin and Bloody Brilliant cocktail. 🍅

Thanks to Autumn Olive Farms for raising gorgeous 🐖 and 4P Foods for bringing our first asparagus of the season!

Happy National Gin and Tonic Day!
04/09/2020

Happy National Gin and Tonic Day!

There's still time to support Old Town Strong!  Looking for a way to support your favorite Old Town restaurants during t...
04/07/2020

There's still time to support Old Town Strong!

Looking for a way to support your favorite Old Town restaurants during the pandemic? 100% of proceeds will go directly to Old Town Manassas bar employees who are struggling during this crisis.

👉🏽👉🏽 There are two days left to order a piece of Old Town Strong gear and we are so close to our goal. Come on Manassas, show your support & grab your shirts today!

Head over to www.oldtownstrong.com for more information ♥️💪🏽

Today’s #drinKOathome cocktail is from Alison via Instagram!  Happy Friday, everyone!
04/03/2020

Today’s #drinKOathome cocktail is from Alison via Instagram! Happy Friday, everyone!

Did you know that you can buy Bare Knuckle Whiskey and Battle Standard 142 Gins online through Drizly and the Virginia A...
04/02/2020

Did you know that you can buy Bare Knuckle Whiskey and Battle Standard 142 Gins online through Drizly and the Virginia ABC?

DM us anytime if you have questions, and #drinKOathome!

Cheers!

Happy International Whiskey Day!  🥃🥃🥃
03/27/2020

Happy International Whiskey Day! 🥃🥃🥃

We had so much fun chatting with Team Fat Kid, and we hope you'll have just as much fun listening to the podcast! 🥃🍸
03/25/2020

We had so much fun chatting with Team Fat Kid, and we hope you'll have just as much fun listening to the podcast! 🥃🍸

Thank you to Ace Chapman from KO Distilling. He came by to join us on a podcast and brought some beautiful liquors with him. Even the gin was good. The gin!!!
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Happy National Cocktail Day! While we wish we could be slinging cocktails with you at our tasting room right now, we're ...
03/24/2020

Happy National Cocktail Day!

While we wish we could be slinging cocktails with you at our tasting room right now, we're excited to celebrate by giving you all a challenge: while you're at home over the next few weeks, let us know what cocktails you're making! Please make sure that you tag KO Distilling (@KOdistilling) and that the post is sharable.

We can't wait to see what you're drinking! #DrinKOathome

Pictured: Our Tipsy Palmer, made with Bare Knuckle Wheat Whiskey. Cheers!

We love this piece from Virginia Living Magazine by Mindy Kinsey that features the fantastic gins that are being made ri...
03/23/2020
Virginia Living Magazine

We love this piece from Virginia Living Magazine by Mindy Kinsey that features the fantastic gins that are being made right here in VirGINia! 🍸

Watch out whiskey—a new spirit has captivated the Commonwealth. Find Virginia-made gin at James River Distillery, Catoctin Creek, Virago Spirits, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Vitae Spirits Distillery, KO Distilling, and more distilleries throughout the state!

While we're disappointed that we cannot celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with you in person this year, we're happy ...
03/20/2020

While we're disappointed that we cannot celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with you in person this year, we're happy to tell you that you can make our signature Cherry Blossom Mint Julep at home.

Recipe:
Muddle three mint leaves and a sugar cube saturated with Spiced Cherry Bitters in a rocks glass or julep cup. Add .25 ounces of Cherry Blossom Syrup (recipe below), .25 ounces of elderflower liqueur, and top with 1.5 ounces of Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey, crushed julep ice, and another drop of Spiced Cherry Bitters.

Cherry Blossom Syrup
4 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz tart cherry juice
2 oz vanilla syrup

Looking to drink local while self-distancing?  If you're located outside of Virginia, check out our spirit finder to see...
03/19/2020

Looking to drink local while self-distancing? If you're located outside of Virginia, check out our spirit finder to see if you can have KO Products shipped to your door through Schneider's of Capitol Hill or Drizly. Cheers!

https://kodistilling.com/spirit-finder/

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀🍀🍀
03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀🍀🍀

Even though there’s no Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Manassas today, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate!  Cold ...
03/14/2020

Even though there’s no Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Manassas today, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate!

Cold Brew Irish Coffee
1.5 oz Bare Knuckle Wheat Whiskey
.5 oz Bailey’s creamer
Top with Cold Brew Coffee

Stir all ingredients over ice. For some extra St. Patrick’s Day fun, add whipped cream and Crème de Menthe.

Cheers! 🍀🍀

KO Distilling's greatest concern is for the welfare of our workforce and loyal fans. After much consideration related to...
03/13/2020

KO Distilling's greatest concern is for the welfare of our workforce and loyal fans. After much consideration related to COVID-19, we will be closed for public tours and sales at our Manassas distillery. We will re-open the Tasting Room as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding, and stay healthy.

Pick up your copy of the Virginia Spirits Trail and Passport the next time you stop by KO, and visit any 10 of the local...
03/11/2020

Pick up your copy of the Virginia Spirits Trail and Passport the next time you stop by KO, and visit any 10 of the local 28 distilleries receive a free "Virginia Spirits Trail" t-shirt!

For ages, women have battled for family, to make a living, and for rights and just causes. Like Texas Mamie Donovan, man...
03/07/2020

For ages, women have battled for family, to make a living, and for rights and just causes. Like Texas Mamie Donovan, many have ventured into the ring to fight, to advance, and to prevail. To all the amazing women who work hard every day, we salute you.

In celebration of International Women's Day, we are offering women 20% off all merchandise on March 8th. Cheers!

For those with grit, guts, and gumption. 💪🥃
03/03/2020

For those with grit, guts, and gumption. 💪🥃

Leaping into the weekend 🥃🍸😜
02/28/2020

Leaping into the weekend 🥃🍸😜

Happy Mardi Gras!
02/25/2020

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy National Margarita Day!  Margarita Flights are available all weekend long!
02/22/2020

Happy National Margarita Day! Margarita Flights are available all weekend long!

With flurries and snow possible around Virginia, there’s never been a better time to stay home and enjoy a craft Old Fas...
02/20/2020

With flurries and snow possible around Virginia, there’s never been a better time to stay home and enjoy a craft Old Fashioned by the fire. 🥃

Thanks to Arli's Appetite for these amazing photos of her signature Black Walnut Bitters Old Fashioned!

Yesterday, we visited our friends at Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky.  They play a huge part in our process as ...
02/18/2020

Yesterday, we visited our friends at Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. They play a huge part in our process as they provide us with high-quality, handmade, craft barrels that shape Bare Knuckle Whiskey.

Pictured here is a barrel being charred using their traditional, wood fired process. Special thanks to Britney and Paul for the hospitality!

Happy Valentine's Day from KO Distilling!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day from KO Distilling!

Did you know that co-founders Bill and John were both Merchant Marines?  Pictured below is Bill with his former classmat...
02/13/2020

Did you know that co-founders Bill and John were both Merchant Marines? Pictured below is Bill with his former classmate, Terry, holding up our USMMA flag that's been signed by all of the graduates who have visited us!

Don't forget about our 10% military discount on merchandise, tastings, and tours! 🇺🇸

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Join KO Distilling at Chocolate, Wine, Whiskey Festival, Virginia Spirits...
02/07/2020

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Join KO Distilling at Chocolate, Wine, Whiskey Festival, Virginia Spirits Roadshow: at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, or at Bourbon + Bacon at the Taubman Museum of Art!

For a full listing of which festivals we'll be pouring at, be sure to check our Facebook Events Page. Cheers!

Address

10381 Central Park Drive Suite 105
Manassas, VA
20110

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Friday 12:00 - 19:00
Saturday 12:00 - 19:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

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+5712921115

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Most people think “Knockout” when they hear “KO” Distilling, but KO actually stands for co-founders, Bill Karlson and John O’Mara. Upon retiring early, Bill and John set off on a journey to create high quality craft spirits with local ingredients, state-of-the-art production methods, and to share their passion with their local community. KO Distilling was formed in Manassas, VA in 2013, began producing craft spirits in 2015, and has since produced seven different spirits including bourbon, whiskey, and gin.

Visit KO Distilling for spirit and cocktail tastings, distillery tours, bottle sales, and more! For hours of operation and to learn more go to www.kodistilling.com, call 571-292-1115, or visit the distillery at 10381 Central Park Drive Suite 105, Manassas, VA.


  • Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey

  • Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey

  • Virginia Moon White Whiskey

  • Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin

  • Battle Standard 142 Standard Strength Gin

  • Battle Standard 142 Barrel Finished Gin
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    Congratulations on taking home awards for your Whiskey and Gin from the American Distilling Institute this year! Cheers to your accomplishments, from the Proof 33 Team.