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Distiller Announces Expansion Investment To Quadruple Current Production
August 7, 2019

Three Brothers Distillery, a grain-to-glass, small-batch distillery, has announced that the firm will invest $232,500 to more than quadruple current production at its facility in Sussex County. This expansion comes on the heels of the distillery’s recent appearance on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners: Whiskey Business” series. Three Brothers Distillery uses 100 percent Virginia-grown corn, rye, and barley to produce small-batch gin and whiskey.

Founded in 2017 by Navy veteran David Reavis, Three Brothers Distillery sources all its corn and rye fermentable ingredients from Charles City County and all of its barley from Virginia, which will be malted before use by Copper Fox Distillery in Williamsburg. The distillery pays homage to America’s fine whiskey heritage through its focus on traditional recipes and its historic tasting room, located in a preserved 1830s farmhouse. In addition to new production capacity, the expansion includes improved visitor access via a new road and better signage directing travelers from Sussex County’s Route 460 corridor. 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.

“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.”

According to a statement released by Governor Ralph S. Northam’s office, the Governor stated, “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. We thank Three Brothers Distillery for choosing to invest in Sussex County and for committing to local sourcing.”

The Commonwealth is partnering with Sussex County and Three Brothers Distillery on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Governor 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.


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