Cavalier Hotel to feature on-site distillery so you can drink like Frank Sinatra

Tarnished Truth will distill three whiskeys and one vodka. (Courtesy of The Cavalier Hotel)
Tarnished Truth will distill three whiskeys and one vodka. (Courtesy of The Cavalier Hotel)

VIRGINIA BEACH – It’s no secret – the Oceanfront’s Cavalier Hotel has a wondrous history.

Nearly 90 years ago, construction of The Cavalier Hotel came to completion – just in time to partake in the Roaring Twenties. Before closing down, the hotel hosted famous guests F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and 10 United States presidents.

Almost a century later, the famed hotel’s second life will feature an on-site distillery that aims to pay homage to that golden era in time.

Like the hotel, the distillery blends old and new by using centuries-old techniques alongside more modern distilling approaches.

“We want Tarnished Truth to represent distinction, Virginia, and have the same presence
as that of The Cavalier Hotel, while also standing alone as a brand,” co-founder
Andrew Yancey said. “Like Virginia Beach, we also want Tarnished Truth to have a good mix of traditional southern culture with an edge, and not feel too stuffy or conceited.”

Tarnished Truth will offer three American-inspired whiskeys and one vodka to its guests, as well as private tours and a tasting room.

An attached restaurant, called The Hunt Room, will mix up signature cocktails, which guests can learn how to make in Tarnished Truth cocktail classes. Guests can also enjoy a more intimate environment and rustic food offerings for dinner and late-night dining.

Yancey and co-founder Josh Canada chose The Cavalier as the perfect distillery location for its “handcrafted” nature – a quality similar to their distilled spirits.

“Tarnished Truth will be the first distillery in North America fully integrated into a hotel,
and will offer a diverse portfolio of spirits distilled and bottled on property that not only
reflects the region’s rich cocktail history, but also one that celebrates its future,” says
Canada. “We chose The Cavalier specifically because we feel the longstanding history
of the property resonates with our brand.”

After a more than $75 million renovation, The Cavalier Hotel and the distillery are scheduled to open by the end of the year. The hotel will feature two additional restaurants – Becca and The Raleigh Room.

Becca will serve garden-to-table style plates from breakfast to dinner, while The Raleigh Room’s focus is more southerly complete with billiards and game tables. Menus for each restaurant will be shared soon, said spokesperson Mike Stommel.

Once open, Tarnished Truth spirits will be available for purchase at the distillery and in Virginia ABC stores.

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