Thousand Oak Barrel Co. of Manassas has moved to a more visible location in Old Town to showcase its new distillery store and museum.
The company has called Manassas home for about five years, but it was previously located in Manassas business park. The company has decided to move into a more visible location on Old Town's Main Street near the Virginia Rail Express station.
"We liked the unique historic location," said CEO Bryan Weisberg.
According to its website, Thousand Oak Barrel Co. produces handmade barrels of all different sizes and styles for the beer or wine-making enthusiast to age any spirit of their choice.
The new location also offers a museum and distillery store.
Weisberg said the idea for the museum, which is free and open to the public, came from his nephew who has muscular distropy. All donations collected go to help fight the disorder.
"I've been collecting artifacts for years and my nephew said I should open a museum," Weisberg said.
The museum contains bottles from the prohibition era and ones signed by distillery greats, including the great nephew and great grandson of Jim Beam. There's also a bottle signed by William Frances, Sr.— a prohibition rum runner who helped organize the first NASCAR race post-prohibition.
The company, which is about 13-years-old, has its only real location in Manassas. They do, however, participate in about 500 festivals every year, including the recent Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival and Clifton Wine Festival.
"If people are drinking and having fun, we are normally there," Weisberg said.
The museum and store are already open to the public following a complete renovation of the site. The company also produces the barrels at the Manassas location, but don't expect any tours of that area.
"There's a number of people doing or making barrels, and so kind of what makes us different is that we've designed processes that allow us to compete with the guys who have been around for a couple of years."
Everything you can buy at the new store, which is located at 9421 Main St., Manassas, VA, you can buy online at distillerystore.com