We have been asked on many occasions why we chose the name Three Crosses Distilling Company. For us the meaning is three fold. The shield comes from the Davenport family crest and symbolizes our devotion to family. The three crosses, known as fiched crosses, which were warrior crosses carried into battle during the Crusades, represent John's service in the United States Army, as well as a symbol of our faith. It seems fitting that these symbols that represent faith, family, and service to country, have now become our family motto and most recently the heart of our business.
John and Michelle Davenport, Owners and Distillers John's interest in distilling came from a fascination with Appalachian culture growing up among family and friends that made distilled spirits as a part of life. What began as a passing hobby, turned into a love of the history and lore that surrounds whiskeys and rums. Michelle, a lover of Bourbon, wanted a spirit she could call her own. Eventually, she trekked to a traditional bourbon distillery in Kentucky to study the making of whiskey firsthand. Michelle is now only one of the few female distillers in the state of Virginia. Together, John and Michelle Davenport strive to produce only the highest quality spirits using locally sourced ingredients to provide a product worthy of bearing the family crest.
Justin Adams, Bar Manager Being a great innovator, Justin has helped highlight and expand on the flavors of each of spirit with a full menu of speciality cocktails, changing periodically. Each cocktail goes through extensive trials until it is just right for the tasting room menu. Not professionally trained in the art of mixology, Justin revels in the creative aspect of crafting cocktails, and enjoys naming them even more. While themed menus are tinkered, he also works in production behind the scenes with the stills, learning hands on, in order to concoct his own gin recipe. It is currently in the works, but with Justin it has to be just perfect before being released to the public.
Cat Porter, Marketing Manager Being a lover of bourbon, Cat was excited to get the chance at working at a distillery. She is always excited to learn something new and a bit of everything each day about the distilling process. Along with being behind the bar, she finished her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications which has lead to her taking over social media, website details, and branding materials to help further the company, both growing together. While she enjoys the business part of the company, she enjoys making cocktails and designing the most.
Melissa and Chris Larry Given the foundation of Three Crosses Distilling, it is no surprise that this business partnership grew out of a friendship that began with and remains rooted in faith. Together, they have helped create an environment where people can come in, slow down, enjoy each other’s company, and visit face to face while enjoying quality handcrafted spirits.