A. Smith Bowman Distillery | George Bowman Rum


FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA (August 26, 2020) – The 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge honored A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s George Bowman Caribbean Rum with a prestigious Chairman’s Trophy. Seven Distillery spirits were awarded in total, including two distinguished as a “Great Value,” and one which made the competition’s Top 100 Spirits.

Those awarded the distinction of “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation” were:

  • Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Whiskey
    • Named a Great Value
  • George Bowman Caribbean Dark Rum
    • Chairman’s Trophy
    • Named a Great Value
    • Top 100 Spirits

“Excellent, Highly Recommended” honors went to:

  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Isaac Bowman Port Barrel Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Abraham Bowman Twice Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Deep Run Small Batch Vodka

Awarded “Very Good, Strong Recommendation” was:

  • Sunset Hills Gin

This competition, in its 10th year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at https://www.ultimate-beverage.com/ultimate-spirits-challenge-USC-Results/2020-spirits-results.

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm. The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.