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VODKA WITH A LOCAL TWIST

The Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club, a Gold Key | PHR property and Marriott Autograph Collection member in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the first U.S. hotel with an on-site distillery, producing three kinds of whiskey (guests can barrel their own batch) and a plan to distill gin. It also distils vodka: When Andrew Yancey and Josh Canada proposed opening the Tarnished Truth distillery in the hotel to CEO Bruce Thompson, he insisted on it. “If you go into a liquor store, there’s more vodka than anything else so it’s hard to compete in that realm,” Yancey says, ” but if we’re doing local stuff, might as well do everything we can.”