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Spring 2019

Volume 41 No. 2 Contents »

Erica Stacy

Assistant Editor
Mason Adams

Art Director
Shanin Glenn

Jenny Boone
Richard Lovegrove
Travis Williams
Grace Baggett (student intern)
Brendan Coffey (student intern)

Bruce B. Harper

Production Coordinator
Megan Zalecki

Director of Design & Digital Strategy
Brad Soucy

Executive Editor
Jesse Tuel

Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Matthew M. Winston Jr. ’90

Tracy Vosburgh


To the editor


Barrel Barn

AGING GRACEFULLY: Ragged Branch has more that 1,400 barrels aging in their barrel barn.

It was interesting to read your story on Hokie alumni in the craft brewing industry (fall 2018).

My husband, Russell Nance ’94, and I are part owners in Ragged Branch Distillery in Charlottesville, Virginia, and we thought your readers might be interested in hearing about the Virginia Tech connections within our business as well as the agricultural component.

Ragged Branch Distillery produces two types of Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a rye-based bourbon and a wheat-based bourbon, as well as bourbon mash fed beef. Ragged Branch grows its own corn, wheat, and rye, which are ground and cooked daily. At the end of the distillation process, we feed the spent mash to our cattle (the alcohol has evaporated out). We sell the bourbon and beef in an on-site tasting room, and our bourbon is available in Virginia ABC stores as well as stores in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Delaware; and Louisiana.

Our production team consists of recent Virginia Tech agriculture grads Josh Toomy ’14 and Chris Coggin ’13. They tend to the farm and the cattle, run the still, and so much more.

We have been in discussions with the Virginia Tech Agriculture Summer Internship Program regarding employing an intern.

We think our business is another great story about how Virginia Tech grads put their degrees to work in interesting ways.

Chrissy Nance ’95

New York, New York


On page 45 of the fall 2018 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine, the class notes for Richard M. Arnold and Charles E. Hamner Jr. were listed incorrectly under the Class of ’49. These alumni are members of the Class of ’56.

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