Tenth Ward Distilling Company is a woman owned micro-distillery located in the heart of downtown Frederick, Maryland.

Specializing in whiskey, brandy, seasonal liqueurs and absinthe, we pride ourselves on challenging the traditional style of distillation while making a product which flavor profile is influenced by our local ingredients.

The name “Tenth Ward” is a reference to the way Frederick City was divided during the late 19th century. Our distillery is located in what used to be considered the Tenth Ward. Drafted at the Frederick Historic Society, the map to the left depicts the boundaries of Frederick’s Tenth Ward in 1873.




How you take your whiskey
With one ice cube

Favorite Cocktail
Rye old fashioned

If you could be an animal…



How you take your whiskey
On a regular basis

Favorite Cocktail

If you could be an animal…



How you take your whiskey
On the rocks

Favorite Cocktail
Old Fashioned

If you could be an animal…
My dog, Tito!

Christene - Tenth Ward Distilling Company, Sales Associate



How you take your whiskey
On the rocks with a touch of ginger ale

Favorite Cocktail
Evening Shade – whiskey and peaches!! Yum

If you could be an animal…



How you take your whiskey

Favorite Cocktail
Mint Julep

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How you take your whiskey
In a Saucer

Favorite Coctail
Whisker Sour

If you could be an animal…
Pizza Cat


With a background in sustainable resource management, the Boss Lady here at Tenth Ward is committed to keeping our environmental footprint minimal and sourcing everything as local as possible. Take a look to see where everything in your whiskey is coming from!


Grain– All of our grain is grown, malted and sometimes smoked by our favorite farmer Rusty at Ripon Lodge Farm out of Rippon, WV.

Cider– Proud to say that we ferment and distill our apple brandy (the base for Applejack and our seasonal liqueurs) using cider from our neighbors right down the road in Frederick, MD at McCutcheon’s Apple Products.

Mead– Distilled mead?! Wha?? Yeah it’s pretty awesome and we call it Honeyjack. The mead is sourced from our industry comrades out at Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery in Middletown, MD.

Honey– We also use honey to sweeten our seasonal liqueurs. Always picked up at Hay’s Apiary in Smithsburg, MD by the boss lady in her Prius.

Bottles– MADE IN AMERICA! And proud of it. The three major bottling manufacturers out there are located in the US, Europe and China. We’re proud to source our bottles from Piramal’s manufacturing plant in Park Hills, MO.

Labels– Printed out of the Niagara region in Akron, NY, all of our labels come from Niagara Labels.

Barrels– Newly cooped barrels are currently sourced from The Barrel Mill our of Avon, MI. Although stay posted because we are waiting for a brand new cooperage to open up right here in Maryland!

Used Barrels– While barrels tend to get passed around in this industry quite alot, most of our used barrels previously had bourbon in them from A. Smith Bowman Distillery out of Fredericksburg, VA.



September 26, 2019
48 (Delicious) Hours in Frederick, Maryland
The Low Low Style | DC VA

While we were scoping out some coffee, we found Tenth Ward Distillery and Bar, which was the perfect mid afternoon pick me up… Read more.

September 26, 2019
Puck’er Up Live from Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Puck’er Up Podcast

Tenth Ward joins the ladies of Puck’er Up Podcast, a podcast about hockey, to talk all things Tenth Ward. Watch video.

September 1, 2019
Frederick, Maryland, Historic, Hip & Hospitable
Hunt Magazine

Breweries, wineries and distilleries abound in the area. My new favorite is Tenth Ward Distilling Company, whose motto is “ward off ordinary.” Tasting flights are available… Read more.

July 31, 2019
The Monthly Mash | Regional Focus: MD
American Craft Spirits Association

Located in Frederick, Tenth Ward Distilling Co. specializes in whiskey, brandy, seasonal liqueurs and absinthe. The name Tenth Ward is a references a period in the 19th century when the city was divided into 10 wards. The distillery’s original location was in what used to be considered the Tenth Ward… Read more.

July 28, 2019
Cocktail Lab Opens in Downtown Frederick
Frederick News Post

Tenth Ward Distilling Company’s tasting room expanded into a cocktail lab and spirits shop on July 1. The distillery owner, Monica Pearce, recently sat down with The News-Post to talk more about the Cocktail Lab and what customers can experience… Read more.

August 28, 2019
Ward Off Boredom at Tenth Ward Distilling
Frederick Lifestyle

Tenth Ward Distilling Company was conceived of the lab on East Patrick Street as a friendly and interactive space in which patrons can sample and learn more about their locally made craft liquors, including unusual flavors like smoked bourbon, caraway rye whiskey and absinthe… Read more.

July 2019
Women of Today’s Frederick: Monica Pearce, Tenth Ward Distilling Company

If you think being a woman in the craft distilling industry is bad ass, well then, you’d be right. Meet Monica Pearce, Founder and Boss Lady of Tenth Ward Distilling in downtown Frederick… Read more.

July 24, 2019
Frederick’s Tenth Ward Distilling Expands to Baltimore, Annapolis
Baltimore Business Journal

Frederick’s Tenth Ward Distilling Co. is taking its product statewide and to Washington, D.C., with a distribution agreement that includes Baltimore as a major new market… Read more.

July 10, 2019
Crafting Cocktails in the Lab: Distilleries Eye Expansions After Passage of New State Lab Allowing Mixed Drinks
Frederick News Post

The new Tenth Ward Cocktail Lab is a sleek black and white space with a polished wooden bar stretched deep into a historic building on East Patrick Street. Read more.

Jewel-toned, desert industrial, edgy and neutral look styled wedding shoot was designed to show-off a new event space in Downtown Frederick, Tenth Ward Distilling Company.

June 2019
Catcher in the Rye: Cheers to a Wedding Inspired by a Distillery
Baltimore Weddings

Our jewel-toned, desert industrial, edgy and neutral look styled wedding shoot was designed to show-off a new event space in Downtown Frederick, Tenth Ward Distilling owned by Monica Pearce. This photoshoot was inspired by the industrial and romantic space of Tenth Ward Distilling… Read more.

Coming Soon to Frederick -- Tenth Ward Cocktail Lab!

June 26, 2019
Coming Soon – The Cocktail Lab at Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Taste Frederick, Food Tours

Over the past year, Tenth Ward Distilling Company has experienced some incredible growth, including adding a new location on Patrick Street, signing on with their first distributor and developing their very-soon-to-be-open Cocktail Lab… Read more.

June 6, 2019
Tenth Ward Distilling Company and Legends Limited Announce Distribution Partnership
Tenth Ward Distilling Company

Tenth Ward Distilling Company will debut its spirit line in DC and other Maryland territories through distribution with Legends Limited. Read press release.

Five Hashtags You Should Be Following in #DowntownFrederick

June 6, 2019
5 Hashtags You Should be Following in #DowntownFrederick
Downtown Frederick Partnership

#VisitFrederick. Many posts on this hashtag include exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks at some great locations that you won’t want to miss, including this peek at Tenth Ward Distilling Company. Read more.

Tenth Ward Press Tour - 5th & Market Photography

June 4, 2019
Tenth Ward Press Tour
5th & Market Quality Photography

Monica Pearce is one of those local girls who had a dream and busted her butt until she had her own stone and mortar location on one of Downtown Frederick’s premier shopping streets… Read more.

Monica Pearce, founder of Tenth Ward Distilling Company, shares an ardent passion for whiskey and like most of the women on this list, considered her entrance into the industry as a radical career transition.

May 24, 2019
This Happy Hour, Get to Know 6 Women in Whiskey
The Story Exchange

Women in the whiskey business are launching careers more risqué than a teenage Tom Cruise dancing in a pink shirt. Turns out, it’s worth the risk. Read article.

Craft Spirits and Brews in Downtown Frederick, Part 2

May 12, 2019
Craft Spirits & Brews in Downtown Frederick, Part 2
Jill’s Urban Food Crawls

We wrote about Tenth Ward in our previous article, but a lot has changed since then. Read article.

Things to Do in Frederick, MD - Visit Tenth Ward Distilling Company

May 1, 2019
Weekend Things to Do in Frederick Maryland

For starters, Downtown Frederick‘s streets are lined with more than enough kitschy shops, restaurants, and historic finds that’ll fit any traveler’s style. And after visiting the area, we found even more reasons to stick around, including these fun weekend things to do in Frederick. Read article.

Tenth Ward - Top 100 Finalist in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

April 11, 2019
Tenth Ward is a Top 100 Finalist in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

We’ve entered in the FedEx Small Business Grant Competition! HUGE thanks to FedEx for the opportunity and to all our friends, family and followers for voting. This grant could fund the build out of our new cocktail lab generating up to 4 new jobs, having a potential to double our revenue and allowing us to be a greater of our community. Keeping our fingers crossed! Watch video.

Frederick News Post: Uncapped Podcast - Tenth Ward Distilling Company

April 10, 2019
The Kopstoop
Frederick News Post Podcast: Uncapped

Our Head Distiller stopped by the Uncapped studio to talk craft spirits. Listen in as he gives a brief history of his distilling experience and talks about Tenth Ward’s upcoming genever release. Learn more.

Tenth Ward explore new frontiers with genever, a traditional Dutch drink

March 21, 2019
Frederick Distilleries Explore New Frontiers with Genever, a Traditional Dutch Drink
Frederick News Post

It’s not quite gin, but not fully whiskey. It’s genever, a little-known spirit first developed in the Netherlands more than 500 years ago. And it’s coming to Frederick soon, courtesy of two local distilleries… Read more.

March 12, 2019
A Taste of Frederick
Bethesda Magazine

The Maryland city is packed with places to eat and drink, from a shop with 100 varieties of pasta to an organic distillery with award-winning gin. Read more.

March 6, 2019
How to bring your cause to life at events!
Brooke Tully

A friend of mine put this suggestion into practice when designing her company’s new bathrooms – reflecting the brand’s slogan, colors and unique vibe. Learn more about the Tenth Ward Distilling Company in Frederick, MD. Read more.

February 27, 2019
Vote for Tenth Ward Distilling Company! FedEx Small Business Grant Competition

This grant will help fund the build out of our “Cocktail Lab” that will serve as a cocktail bar and educational platform for customers and industry members. Click here to watch.

February 15, 2019
#FindUsFridays: Tenth Ward Distilling Co.
Local DVM.com News Broadcast

FREDERICK, Md. – Here’s Katie Misuraca who was live for this week’s Find Us Fridays at Briton’s Brandy Release Party! Watch video.

February 14, 2019
The Best Recipe for Valentine’s Day? Romance, and a little craft booze.
Frederick News Post

Valentine’s Day is an occasion for love, romance … and cocktails. To mark the holiday, we asked two restaurants and two distillers in downtown Frederick to devise an original recipe made with local spirits. Read more.

February 5, 2019
Maryland Farm & Harvest
Episode 613

Join host Joanne Clendining as she explores local Maryland farms. Learn how Sagamore Spirit is turning local rye into whiskey. Discover how imperfect apples are used to make Tenth Ward brandy. Watch local corn become bourbon. Also, Baltimore beer on Then & Now, and pumpkin beer on The Local Buy.! Watch video.


December 4, 2018
Digital Bard Zesty Video Marketing
Podcast: Tenth Ward Distilling “Wards Off Ordinary”

The Frederick distillery crafts one-of-a-kind spirits and guest experiences. Listen to podcast.

Frederick County Maryland Office of Economic Development

November 14, 2018
Frederick County Maryland Office of Economic Development
Entrepreneur Spotlight: Monica Pearce and Tenth Ward Distilling

The craft beverage industry has been exploding in recent years and Frederick County is setting the standard. One of the leaders of the Frederick craft spirits scene is Monica Pearce. Read more.

Hood College class provides recommendations for Tenth Ward expansion

November 9, 2018
Frederick News Post
Hood College class provides recommendations for Tenth Ward expansion

As Tenth Ward Distilling Company owner Monica Pearce expands the company, she’s faced with questions that can be difficult to answer. And to come up with those answers, she turned to some unlikely resources for assistance. Read more.

September 23, 2018
Frederick News Post
Employers increasingly look for emotional intelligence in job applicants

A college education, experience and knowledge used to be the only key factors a job applicant needed to get a job. And although those factors may still land a candidate a position, employers today are looking at so much more than knowledge and skill set. Read more.

August 16, 2018
Impassioned Craft Spirits Producers Make Case for Permanency of Reduction of FET

ACSA asked many members to share how they are reinvesting savings from their reduced Federal Excise Tax.  Here is a video clip which demonstrates our craft spirits community is hiring more employees, buying more equipment, providing enhanced benefits, buying more grain, and promoting tourism.  In short, the reinvestment throughout the U.S. is HELPING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. Read more.

August 7, 2018
Tenth Ward Distilling Company Has Released Maryland’s First Absinthe

Curious patrons gathered in a small storefront on East Church Street in Frederick, Md., on a late July weekend for their chance to be among the first to sample an infamous concoction long surrounded by myth and mystery—one nicknamed the Green Fairy, after its reputation for taking its drinkers on a magical, hallucinogenic journey. Read more.

Maryland's First Absinthe! Tenth Ward Distilling Company...

July 2018
UnCapped Magazine
Absinthe Makes a Comeback

Tenth Ward gets a shout out in Frederick’s UnCapped Magazine, featuring Maryland’s First Absinthe!

July 18, 2018
Frederick News Post
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Founder

There are a lot of legends about absinthe. That it’s addictive, that it’s hallucinogenic, even that it’s toxic (spoiler alert — it’s not). But with Tenth Ward Distilling Company’s first-ever absinthe (and the first in the state of Maryland), owner Monica Pearce is working to de-sexify the spirit and make it familiar. Read more.

June 14, 2018
99.9 WFRE
Interesting People #60: Monica Pearce – Tenth Ward Distilling Company

Monica Pearce is the owner and co-founder of the Tenth Ward Distilling Company in Downtown Frederick! We talk about how Monica got into distilling, the thought process behind Tenth Ward’s drink designs, and get excited about Maryland’s first Absinthe! The drink chat also has a side of Frederick small business stories!

2018 Best of Frederick Awards - Best Distillery

February 12, 2018
Frederick Magazine
Best of Frederick: 2018 Winners



Tenth Ward’s Applejack is ranked number 11 in Men’s Fitness 2017 spirits competition!

November 7, 2017
Men’s Fitness

Tenth Ward’s Applejack is ranked number 11 in Men’s Fitness 2017 spirits competition!

Our favorite local blogger wrote a review on our Honeyjack collaboration

October 18, 2017
Frank About Beer

Our favorite local blogger wrote a review on our Honeyjack collaboration with Milkhouse Brewery and Orchid Cellar Meadery. Check it out!

Verbal is famous!

September, 2017
Distillery Cats Book

Verbal is famous! And featured in Distillery Cats the book. Pick up a copy in our tasting room at Tenth Ward.


Host Chris Sands and guest host Keith Marcoux (Olde Mother Brewing Co.) welcomes Tenth Ward Distillery

February 14, 2017
Frederick Newspost Uncapped Podcast

Host Chris Sands and guest host Keith Marcoux (Olde Mother Brewing Co.) welcomes Tenth Ward Distillery.

Edible DC was in town for a conference and decided to swing by our distillery for a visit!

February 7, 2017
Edible DC

Edible DC was in town for a conference and decided to swing by our distillery to see what we were up to.

February 2, 2017
Taste the Dram

One on one interview with Tenth Ward’s head distiller. Learn about his background and thoughts on the craft distilling industry.


January 22, 2017
Frederick News Post

Read about the Tenth Ward and Olde Mother Brewing barrel collab.


December 12, 2016
Frederick Advice Givers

Listen to a podcast with the boss lady for some local business advice!


December 12, 2016
Epicure and Culture

Meet some of the leading women distillers in the United States, who will boost your love of whiskey.

December 2016
Distiller Magazine

Fun info on some of Maryland and Dc’s newest distilleries!


November 9, 2016

Groupon made a commercial on YouTube for us. Thanks Groupon!

October 14, 2016
Lace and Grace Blog

Tara Butler, one of our favorite local bloggers and her Tenth Ward bonfire cocktail recipe!

September 23, 2016

Watch our WHAG news highlight about Frederick’s distilling scene.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company – PRESS KIT