In 2013 former US Merchant Marines and Navy Reservists Bill Karlson and John O’Mara began their journey to create craft spirits with local ingredients and high-quality methods. KO Distilling opened its tasting room to the public in 2015, and it has been a welcoming destination for spirit tastings, cocktail flights, guided tours, private functions, and special events ever since. KO’s award-winning Bare Knuckle Whiskeys and Battle Standard 142 Gins are all certified Craft Distilled, Kosher, and Virginia’s Finest.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
We were greeted by Greg immediately upon entering, had a great tour and amazing and informative tasting. Will be back again!
Greg was very knowledgeable, extremely helpful, and a great conversationalist! I would 100% recommend taking a tour and doing a tasting. The BK Rye Whiskey is something everyone should have in their collection!
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Lovely place to enjoy excellent spirits distilled locally.
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Absolutely the best cocktails in Manassas!
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We had a great time! Fun tour and great variety of cocktails. My food rating does not really count, but I "had" to give an answer. They gave us a bag of pretzels with our tasting (very nice). You are allowed to bring in your own food too if you wanted. We will definitely go back again!
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Was sat at a plastic high top right by the door that awkwardly fit our party. Only 1 bartender so service was extremely slow. Ambiance was lacking with the seating arrangement. Pretty pricey for the amount of alcohol we received. Covid restrictions didn’t really make the experience worse in my opinion but didn’t help either.
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Great staff. Very knowledgeable and willing to share their experiences. The tour of their facilities is a worthwhile experience. Very creative cocktails and solid drams distilled on site.
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Sat outside, was relaxing and enjoyable. Brought 2 dogs and staff was very accommodating and pet friendly. Our server Wayne was awesome and very helpful and friendly.
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Great experience. Knowledgeable staff. Owner took time to great each of the tables and welcome us.
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Love, love, love visiting KO! We always enjoy going to the Black Friday event they hold every year. The drink specials are priced great, and our server Greg was a consummate storyteller and very knowledgeable about all KO’s offerings. Definitely take the time and visit! You won’t be disappointed.
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We chose to take our drinks outside. We were greeted by a handful of KO employees and never forgotten. We enjoyed not only our own group company, but also the company of the employees and their many interesting stories. The only thing that would have made the evening better would have been outdoor heaters.
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What a wonderful place! The drinks were excellent and the staff was very friendly and engaging. Greg is a wonderful font of information on all things whiskey and we were very fortunate to learn a great deal from him.
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A hidden gem! Had a blast doing the distillery tour then several tastings. Extremely impressed by their cocktails, I recommend their gin mixed drinks (I usually hate gin)! Definitely ask for Larry, but the entire staff is fantastic.
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Awesome distillery! Larry, our server, was really great!
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Sara, Greg and all are attentive and give the best recommendations. The place is cozy.
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Friendly staff who are focused on ensuring you have an outstanding experience. Cannot say enough positive about KO Distilling!
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We didn’t try any food, just a flight sampling and a cocktail. The gentleman who waited on us was super informative and made the experience great with all his knowledge. We purchased a bottle of American whiskey!
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Fantastic distillery! Great tour and very knowledgeable staff!! Drinks were fantastic! It would be awesome if they served hot meals! That’s my only criticism but other than that the Drinks were top shelf!!!
Thanks for sharing your experience with us! We appreciate your feedback about hot food availability; while we don't have a kitchen on-site, you're welcome to bring food with you on your next visit or have some delivered from a local restaurant. We're so glad that you loved the drinks, and we hope to see you again soon!
Went with my sister the service was outstanding. Everyone was so friendly. The drinks was awesome. We will be back.
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Great distillery in the NOVA area, we plan on coming back.
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Exceptional! Wonderful experience, quiet, casual, enjoyable.
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Great place enjoyed the information that was given about the Bourbon as well as the decor.
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Larry was amazing and patient. Thank you will def come back. Only if Larry is working :)
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Birthday celebration for a gin drinker and KO truly made it special. Larry and the staff were exceptional. The tour was fantastic and truly educational. The distillery is warm and a friendly place to spend a great day with family and friends enjoying tasty libations. We certainly recommend!!!
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We had an excellent time there. Larry took care of and was great. Knowledgeable and personable. Will definitely go back.
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Great tasting experience and very friendly people.
Great service and value for money. I enjoyed the information about the products as well as the tasting and tour.
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Great Navy Gin//very knowledgeable and professional bartenders//fair prices - a "must-go" kinda place.
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Food refers to the alcohol. Your food options are popcorn and a free bag of pretzel chips, but this is a distillery and not a restaurant.
We didn't eat food other than the pretzels for tastings. The drinks were masterfully created and delicious. The gins, whiskeys and bourbons were fantastic!
Wonderful attention to details and explanations. We enjoyed this tasting so much! Highly recommend Larry. Such a fun time.
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Aimee and Sarah were fantastic. Very very nice, accommodating, wanting to ensure we had a positive fun and exciting experience. The drinks were marvelous and the brand of pretzels are amazing. We'll be sure to come back again and to tell all our friends.
KO is a perfect spot...staff is so helpful and informative. And the spirits (either by themselves or in a cocktail) are great
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This place was great. It’s super service. Definitely a much go back
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Love KO. Best bourbon i have had from a couple of Kong’s Pointers...so you know it’s good!! Great service, super friendly and they make excellent drinks.
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The tasting area is delightfully laid out with comfortable seating, nice bar area and a relaxing nook near a fireplace. And the cocktails were unique and quite good. Social distancing is being practiced allowing for both in and outside tastings.
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They have an amazing cocktail tasting. I highly recommend it. During this time of social distancing because of the pandemic they did a good joboutdoors. I felt very safe. The staff also wore their masks properly. It would have been nice if they had gloves, but in all I felt safe.
Greg was amazing! Great energy and super knowledgeable ! We had a great experience!
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This is an amazing place to learn about a distillery. The staff were very knowledgeable in explaining the process and ingredients used when making the spirits. Although they were not serving food due to the pandemic, I felt it wasn't fair to give it one star but plenty of pretzels were available during the tasting!
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Great experience! Very informative and fun experience!
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KO Distilling is rated 4.9 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.