Silverback distillery

For the love of whiskey: How a distillery led Denver Riggleman to Congress
‘I’ve only given away probably about 100 bottles’ to new colleagues so far, Virginia Republican says

Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., and his wife, Christine Riggleman, showcase Silverback Distillery in Afton, Va. Regulatory burdens the couple encountered in helping Christine build the business inspired Riggleman to run for Congress so he could help other small business owners. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Denver Riggleman never saw himself getting involved in politics. It was his wife’s dream of owning a distillery that unexpectedly opened that career path.

“I think I’m the only distiller in Congress,” the Virginia Republican said. “Actually, I’m a junior distiller. I work for a master.”

Riggleman still slings whiskey at his wife’s Virginia distillery
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“I think I’m the only distiller in Congress,” Rep. Denver Riggleman told Roll Call at Silverback Distillery, a Virginia distillery he owns with his wife, Christine.

“Actually, I’m a junior distiller, I work for a master,” Riggleman said in reference to his wife, who is the CEO and Master Distiller of the family-run operation. The GOP congressman now spends much of his time in Washington away from the business, but continues to pitch in when he’s home in his district.