Three Brothers Distillery will invest $232,500 to more than quadruple current production at its distillery in Sussex County, Virginia.
According to state officials, this expansion comes on the heels of the distillery’s recent appearance on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners: Whiskey Business” series.
As an incentive, the Commonwealth is partnering with Sussex County and Three Brothers Distillery on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
Governor Ralph Northam approved a $12,500 grant from the AFID Fund, which Sussex County will match with a combination of local funds and a grant from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to support the project.
“This expansion by Three Brothers Distillery is a great example of the important role that small businesses and our diverse agricultural economy can have in bringing economic growth to all corners of the Commonwealth,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “We thank Three Brothers Distillery for choosing to invest in Sussex County and for committing to local sourcing.”
“This is a great economic opportunity to help grow agritourism for both Sussex County and Three Brothers Distillery,” said David Reavis, Owner of Three Brothers Distillery. “These funds will help to greatly improve access to the distillery allowing us to continue our expansion of the distillery, hire new employees, release new products, and host larger events. We are excited to continue our journey and hope that the growth of our distillery will assist other business owners in the county to grow alongside us.”
Three Brothers Distillery uses 100 percent Virginia-grown corn, rye, and barley to produce small-batch gin and whiskey. The company has committed to purchase an additional 114,000 pounds of Virginia-grown products over the next three years in order to increase production from 500 to 4,000 proof gallons per year.
“It’s exciting to see Virginia’s craft distilleries getting the national attention they deserve,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “Not only are these businesses creating new jobs, investment, and vitality in rural Virginia, they are also supporting Virginia’s two largest private-sector industries, agriculture and tourism.”
“We are so pleased that Three Brothers Distillery has received this AFID grant which will allow them to expand their production,” said Chairman of the Sussex County Board of Supervisors Susan Seward. “Agriculture is critical to Virginia’s and Sussex County’s economic success. It has been exciting to watch Three Brothers Distillery grow their market, and this grant will help to continue to grow their business and bring jobs and visitors to Sussex.”