Three Crosses Distilling Company began as a love of good whiskey and rum and a deep interest in the process of how to craft it. John's interest in distilling came from a fascination with Appalachian culture growing up with 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 surrounding 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 whiskey making firsthand. Michelle is now one of only a few female distillers in the state of Virginia. Together, John and Michelle Davenport strive to produce the highest quality spirits from locally sourced ingredients to provide a product worthy of bearing the family crest.
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 "cross fitchys," 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 which represent Faith, Family and Service... our family motto...now represent the heart of our business.
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. As an accountant, Melissa has helped open many small businesses and was eager to get on board with this new venture. She serves as our Spirits Guide and Events Coordinator in addition to her accounting role, and will be happy to help you find your perfect spirit or coordinate your special event. As an Engineer, Chris has always been interested in chemistry as well as the process and history of spirits. When he was just out of college, he considered opening a microbrewery long before it was a trend. Regretting that missed opportunity, it was easy to jump in when John and Michelle shared their dream of opening a distillery. As an Architectural Engineer, designing the space gave Chris the chance to bring everyone's vision to life. Together, they have created an environment where people can come in, slow down, enjoy each other’s company, and visit face to face while enjoying quality handcrafted spirits. That's what Three Crosses Distilling Co. is all about.