Charity to Preserve a Legacy

U.S.S. Zumwalt Commissioned

Philanthropy is a big part of what we do. So much so that before we finished building out the distillery we decided to donate a substantial portion of our first year’s proceeds to charity. It is the right thing to do and we’re honored to have helped commision the U.S.S. Zumwalt.

In early 2015, we partnered with the U.S.S. Zumwalt Commissioning Committee to support the upcoming commissioning of the the DDG 1000 in Baltimore. We believe paying tribute to Admiral Zumwalt’s legacy and honoring the young women and men that stand in harm’s way to protect us all, to be a noble cause.

We began distilling our “Big Z” Rum in December of 2015. The rum aged in used bourbon barrels until the summer of 2016 when it reached the flavor we were hoping for. The Zumwalt family assisted us with both the design of the Big Z bottle and the wording on its label. In just a few short months, we’ve delivered about 2,000 bottles to many Maryland restaurants, and liquor stores.

The U.S.S. Zumwalt was commissioned on October 15, 2016 in Baltimore. It was a fantastic fall day and provided a fitting send-off for her Captain and Crew. Here are the links to read more about:

Admiral Zumwalt

U.S.S. Zumwalt

U.S.S. Zumwalt’s Commissioning Committee

Big Z was, and continues to be a huge success. Although this substantial charitable effort has successfully concluded, we’re very excited to tell you about our follow-on project — The U.S.S. Constellation!

“We are combining the best of what those early Marylander’s used with extraordinary efforts to be environmentally responsible to bring you the best Whiskies, Bourbons and Rums possible.”


"Proudly crafting handmade, locally sourced and environmentally conscious bourbon, whiskeys and rum in America's birthplace of bourbon."


Tobacco Barn Distillery | 24460 Hollywood Road | Hollywood, MD

(240) 243 9151

Wed-Fri: By Appointment

Sat: 11-5

Sun: 11-4


Interested in Sponsoring?

Want to see your logo on one of the drop tanks holding the Bourbon Barrels? Want to get a demo flight in an L-39 Jet? Want to be there for the day of the flight and sit in the Harrier cockpit? We have sponsorship packages ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Send us an email and let us know if you’re interested. We will curate a sponsorship package for you depending on what helps out your business AND the Semper Fi and America’s Fund – supporting our nation’s combat injured, wounded and ill as well as their families.

Pre-Order Your Bottle

Are you interested in the first Bourbon to be aged at 700 MPH? Send us your name and contact information if you’d like to be notified when the bottles are ready. We expect by the summer 2021. Limit one bottle per customer (we’ll get less than 600 bottles total). Must be 21 years old and ONLY available for pickup at Tobacco Barn Distillery, Hollywood MD. Expected price ~$145 per bottle.