Dead Reckoning Distillery submits proposal with rum tasting room

From The Virginian-Pilot The city is one step closer to having a microdistillery with a tasting room. Derek Ungerecht, who wants to make rum, has submitted an application to open Dead Reckoning Distillery at 312 W. 24th St., close to the Ghent and Park Place neighborhoods. The business is planned for a 3,200-square-foot warehouse. Recently the state has relaxed regulations allowing the craft beer and craft spirit industries to flourish. Though liquor is usually sold in ABC stores, now distilleries can become “contract” stores and sell their products directly to customers. The City Council also approved a measure earlier this year that would let a microdistillery sell bottled liquor to drink off site. The proposal is scheduled for a public hearing with the Planning Commission in November. The council would vote on the application at a later time. Ungerecht said because he needs federal approval as well, he believes his business may not open until spring...

Is a Distillery Coming to Park Place? – AltDaily

From AltDaily Nestled between O’Connor Brewing Company and Toast could soon be a rum distillery. Dead Reckoning Distillery has signed a lease at 312 W. 24th Street. They plan to produce what they’re calling Rebel Rum, a “smooth white rum,” and Dead Reckoning Premium Craft Spiced Rum. 312 W. 24th Street, via Google Maps Behind the project is Derek Ungerecht, a US Army veteran. “This is a great location near other businesses that are doing great things,” said Ungerecht. “The other business owners we have talked to have been extremely welcoming and helpful.” Their vision is increasing foot traffic for the whole Park Place neighborhood. Along with the distillery will be a tasting room and store. “We are very excited to join the maker movement in Norfolk,” said Matt Hartman, a partner with Dead Reckoning and their director of marketing. “We feel the craft rum market is under served while going through tremendous growth.” The group is in the process of dealing with local, state, and federal licensing. They hope to have Park Place sipping their very own brand of rum by the end of...

Norfolk could get first “microdistillery” in Chelsea

From The Virginian-Pilot Derek Ungerecht already has the bottles mocked up, one for a spiced rum and one for a clear light rum. But for now, they’re just filled with water – and, for the spiced variety, a little food coloring. Ungerecht’s company, Dead Reckoning Distillery, wants to open Norfolk’s first “microdistillery.” People could take a free tour, pay for a tasting on-site and even buy a bottle to take home. A 32-year-old Army reservist who did two tours in Iraq and earned a marketing degree from Old Dominion University, Ungerecht has long wanted to start his own business. He hopes to capitalize on the success wineries and craft breweries have had in Virginia. “The timing’s right. The growth potential is there,” Ungerecht said. “And, you know, who doesn’t want to make liquor?” Dead Reckoning is eyeing a site in Chelsea but doesn’t have a lease yet. Ungerecht likes the area because it’s near craft brewers, including Smartmouth, which he thinks his business would complement. Virginia has relaxed laws in recent years to help craft brewers and distillers. Though hard liquor is usually only available in ABC stores, distilleries can now become “contract” stores and sell their products directly to the public. There were just three distilleries with stores in 2010; now there are 19, said Kathleen Shaw, a spokeswoman for Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Norfolk would also need to tweak the city code for Dead Reckoning to sell directly to customers. Under the current code, a distillery can have tastings, but one that sells bottles of its liquor doesn’t fit any zoning category, said Susan Pollock...

Setting Sail

Welcome to Dead Reckoning Distillery, we are in the process of getting our organic rum distillery up and running in Hampton Roads. We are currently looking for a place to call home and for capital investment. If you are an investor, please reach out to Derek to schedule a meeting....