That “X” stands for “10,” as in Tenth Ward Distilling Company, at 508 East Church Street, just a few blocks beyond Everedy Square and Shab Row shopping districts in Frederick. Inside the small, white, unassuming building that Tenth Ward occupies you’ll find a variety of distilled spirits for sale (as well as candles, shirts and other related paraphernalia). A free tasting and tour are always at the ready, and so is an impromptu history lesson. Owners Monica Pearce and Kyle Pfalzer chose Tenth Ward’s name, logo, and even the bottles their spirits are sold in with great care and deference to history. Kyle, the distiller, is a student of Civil War and 19th Century American history, and works as a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park when he’s not brewing or distilling. Monica grew up in the area and trained in environmental sustainability before a passion for handcrafted liquor came calling.