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Stable Craft Brewing on Tap to Expand Operations in Augusta County, Virginia

Stable Craft Brewing will invest $500,000 dollars to expand their craft brewery operation in Augusta County, Virginia.

According to state officials, the company will purchase 88 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers. The expansion will support growing distribution of the company’s craft beer to the meet the surging demand in Virginia.

“The increased production capacity and bottling line will allow our packaged beers to reach more consumers in more places convenient to their travels, in addition to Stable Craft Brewing’s current availability in restaurants, taverns and dining establishments.” said Craig Nargi, Stable Craft Brewing Owner.

“The expansion will also allow our award-winning head brewer, Christopher Fann, more flexibility with new beers, experimentation, and ultimately delivering a quality Farm Fresh product,” He added.

As an incentive, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with Augusta County and Stable Craft Brewing to secure this project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $15,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which Augusta will match with local funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee recruitment and training activities are being provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“I am pleased Stable Craft Brewing has chosen to expand in Augusta County and has committed to sourcing a majority of their agricultural products from Virginia farms,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “Investments like this create jobs, tourism activity, and new markets for our farmers and highlight the positive impact the agricultural sector has on growing the new Virginia economy.”

“Through its commitment to sourcing ingredients from Virginia’s agricultural producers, Stable Craft Brewing is further supporting Virginia’s growing craft beer supply chain,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Basil Gooden. “I am pleased the Commonwealth could partner with Augusta County through the AFID Program to support this local business in a quickly growing industry.”

Senator Emmett Hanger added, “Projects here like Stable Craft Brewing are why we created the AFID program: to highlight our agricultural and forestry economic development opportunities, to increase jobs and to promote the agriculture industry as a whole. I am pleased Augusta County has been able to direct these funds toward emerging and growing businesses.”

Tracy Pyles, Chairman of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors said, “The Augusta County community is thrilled to support Stable Craft’s efforts to expand its brewery and add a bottling line. We are hopeful that this expansion will attract new visitors to both the Shenandoah Valley and the unique farm brewery location in Augusta County.”

“Stable Craft Brewing is an integral part of our agritourism economy” said Gerald Garber, member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and representative of the Middle River District where Stable Craft is located. “Craig Nargi is an innovative entrepreneur with an extensive background in the hospitality industry. In combination with his years of experience, his creativity will maximize his achievements in the agritourism and brewing industries.”

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