By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: August 9, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.
SUSSEX – With investments in the Commonwealth’s beer, wine, and spirits industry, Virginia is quickly becoming known for the high quality products being produced across the state and, for one of Southside Virginia’s newest distilleries, more people may soon be able to get their hands on their products as Three Brothers Distillery gears up to quadruple their production efforts.
During a special announcement in Sussex County last week, officials with the state announced the distiller will create four new jobs and invest over $232,000 to help in quadruple current product, with the company planning 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 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,” Governor Ralph Northam said in a statement last week. “We thank Three Brothers Distillery for choosing to invest in Sussex County and for committing to local sourcing.”
Last week’s announcement of a production boost at their Sussex distillery comes on the heels of their March 20 appearance on popular Discovery Channel show “Moonshiners: Whiskey Business,” showcasing the grain-to-glass, small-batch distillery that was founded in 2017 by U.S. Navy veteran David Reavis. As part of their production, Three Brothers Distillery sources all of the corn and rye they use from nearby Charles City County and all barley from Virginia, which will be malted before use by Copper Fox Distillery in Williamsburg.
“This is a great economic opportunity to help grow agritourism for both Sussex County and Three Brothers Distillery,” Reavis shared. “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 the Governor’s office, the state is partnering with both Sussex and the 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. 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.
As word of Three Brothers’ plans to ramp up production were announced, local leaders were excited about what the future holds for both the distillery and the county through this partnership.
“We are so pleased that Three Brothers Distillery has received this AFID grant which will allow them to expand their production,” Susan Seward, Sussex County Board of Supervisors Chairman said last week. “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.”
Those thoughts were echoed by Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D-75), remarking, “Small businesses are essential in boosting Virginia’s economy. I am pleased to work along with Governor Northam in creating jobs in rural areas. I certainly support the $232,500 investment to expand and create jobs for Three Brothers Distillery in Sussex County. Thank you Three Brothers Distillery for investing in Sussex County.”
For those interested in visiting the distillery, Three Brothers’ tasting room is located at 9935 County Line Drive in Disputanta, open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, they are open by appointment. To contact the distillery, visit their website at http://threebrotherswhiskey.com or call at 757-204-1357.