About Us

Our Story

The current trend in spirits is towards small batch ultra premium products. Falls Church Distillers is licensed to be an active distillery of spirits. We will produce a range of offerings including vodkas, gins, brandy, rums, specialty & blended spirits and eventually distinctive aged bourbon.

My oldest son (Lorenzo) and I are opening Falls Church Distillers to follow a heritage passion.  I grew up in the NorthEast part of the Country in a small town that was predominately populated by Italian immigrants whose customs do not only include great food and art, but also the making of wine and liquors.

Beyond the ethnic roots, I also had a family exposure to the retail environment and later, after a tour in the USAF (a family service tradition that I am proud to say my youngest son A1C Christian Paluzzi is currently continuing) where I was educated in computer communications, I applied those combined experiences and developed skills into a 35 year successful sales and management career.  Lorenzo has focused his education in chemistry.

Lorenzo and I now plan to take my lifetime of acquired business skills and experiences, add in Lorenzo’s chemistry knowledge, and apply them to the building of a craft spirits manufacturer. 

This progression to making spirits is a natural and common sense one if you consider a maturing and more discerning taste, market growth bell curve, and the opportunity to enter a burgeoning market opportunity at an amazing inflection point.

At this time, we are open and fully operational.  We hope you will stop by and check us and our spirit offerings out.

We promise to do our best not to disappoint.

CEO, Michael Paluzzi

• USAF veteran
• University of San Francisco Alumni
• 40 year sales and marketing executive in the high tech industry
• Successfully grew and ran $50M+ business
• WSET Level 2 certified
• Successfully completed Downslope Distillery distillation training
• Internship experience with recipes and processes 2+ years
• Virginia ABC RSVP and MART certified
• ServSafe certified

Michael Paluzzi :

Chief Distiller, Lorenzo Paluzzi

• Degree in Chemistry
• Internship experience with recipes and processes 2+ years

Lorenzo Paluzzi :

The restaurant and bar are open Wednesday through Sunday 1130-1130. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
The ABC Store and Tasting Room must adhere to Virginia state law so close at 9PM Wednesday and Thursday, 10PM Friday and Saturday and 6PM Sunday.

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