March Education - Spirits Demystified: A Distillery Discussion & Tasting

March 05, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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The Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club
4200 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Pre-registration for this event is now closed; however, walk-ins are welcome!


Breweries, Wineries, and now boutique Distilleries have become a booming cultural phenomena in the events industry.  Through this presentation, our guests will learn the steps required in making multiple spirits from creation, to barreling, to bottling and finally enjoying, guests will enjoy a curated spirits tasting, complimented by a plated dinner.

Guests will learn the history of distilled spirits in America, how different flavor profiles are created, and how this activity can be a great team bonding experience for almost any group.

The education session will be led by Tarnished Truth Distillery Ambassador Rebecca Borges. Rebecca has led the team in creating a Virginia Travel and Tourism Award winner and the #1 Trip Advisor Food & Beverage "Things to Do in Virginia Beach" ranking. The Owner and Founder of Tarnished Truth Distillery, Andrew Yancey, will also participate.

This event has been approved for 1.5 CEUs.


2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Board Meeting

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration and Reception 

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Program and Plated Dinner


Rebecca Borges

Rebecca joined Tarnished Truth shortly before the grand reopening of the Historic Cavalier Hotel. Having no initial knowledge in the industry, Rebecca joined the team as a member of the retail staff and quickly developed an interest in the history and production of distilled spirits. After studying history books and shadowing distillers Justin and Scott, Rebecca began giving tours of the distillery and has since guided the team in becoming the number one “Thing to Do” in Virginia Beach on TripAdvisor and won a Virginia Travel and Tourism award for her work with Tarnished Truth. Rebecca says that she has found a life-long career with the distillery and plans to be there to see Tarnished Truth become the number one distillery in the country.

Andrew Yancy

Andrew was born and raised in Virginia Beach. He attended West Virginia University and received his bachelor’s degree in urban planning in 2002. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Florida Atlantic University in 2005. He is currently co-owner and operator of Tarnished Truth Distilling Company and The Hunt Room at the Historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA.  In 2013 Andrew had the idea of building a unique local craft distillery in his hometown of Virginia Beach.  He wanted to create a distillery that provided a guest experience like no other, which he found in the Cavalier Hotel.  After 5 years of planning and renovation his dream came true when Tarnished Truth Distilling Company opened as the first and only fully operational distillery inside of a Hotel. In his spare time, you can find Andrew enjoying all the outdoor opportunities that our wonderful state and city have to offer with his wife, Dana and three children, Dysie, Harrison, and Elle. 


MPI Virginia Chapter Attendance Policy: All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.


$45.00 Pre-Registration
$55.00 after 2:00 pm March 4

$50.00 Non-Member Registration
$60.00 after 2:00 pm March 4