Tenth Ward Distilling Company is a woman owned micro-distillery, locally owned by Monica Pearce (the boss lady) and is located in downtown Frederick, Maryland.

Our whiskey and barrel aged brandy bear our unique approach. We pride ourselves on challenging the traditional style of distillation while making a product which flavor profile is influenced by our local ingredients.

We invite any and all to follow our distillery adventures via social media as we work toward carving out our own unbeaten, booze-making path.

Boss Lady Monica

Height: 5’1″

You Take Your Whiskey?
On the rocks

Favorite Turtle?
Diamondback (Go Terps!)

If You Could Be A Food…
Mac & Cheese

As a nature lover and wildlife enthusiast, our boss lady built her career in the conservation field.  Monica has a BS in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland and her Master’s in natural resource management from Virginia Tech.

Prior to the launch of Tenth Ward, she worked for a few non-profits and even spent a year in the Galapagos volunteering for a biological station. Monica also has racked up over 10 years experience in the service and bar industry prior to and during her conservation work. With inspiration from the growing spirit industry and all that experience under her belt she chose to make the crazy leap into booze manufacturing.


Height: 10″

You Take Your Whiskey?
In a Saucer

Favorite Turtle?

If You Could Be A Food…
Cicada Pie


Verbal is Tenth Ward’s first and only employee to date. His previous owners clearly didn’t appreciate his awesomeness because sadly, when they moved they left Verbal outside to roam Bentz Street here in downtown Frederick.

Lucky for Verbal, Tenth Ward scooped him up, adopted him, and now he has the lucky life of a distillery cat.

Cult classic movie lovers out there will recognize Verbal’s namesake, especially when we fondly refer to him as #kittysoze. Verbal’s skill set includes mouse hunting, cicada batting, front door guarding, and all the snuggles.



The name “Tenth Ward” is a reference to the way Frederick City was divisioned during the late 19th century. Our location at 508 East Church Street was part of what used to be the Tenth Ward. Drafted at the Frederick Historic Society, the awesome map on the right depicts the boundaries of Frederick’s Tenth Ward in 1873.

For the history buffs and lovers of everything Frederick out there, you might find it interesting to know that the city of Frederick intentionally built this sector on the east side of town to be the primary location for industry. The reason for this is that the wind in Frederick tends to blow east and our thoughtful city founders figured they could spare their growing town from those offensive industrial smells.



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.



February 12, 2018

Frederick Magazine 


November 7, 2017

Men’s Fitness 

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

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!

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.

February 14, 2017

Frederick Newspost Uncapped Podcast

Host Chris Sands and guest host Keith Marcoux (Olde Mother Brewing Co.) welcome Monica Pearce and Kyle Pfalzer.

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.

July 10, 2016

Frederick News Post

Tenth Ward’s opening announcement!