On July 1st, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Ironclad Distillery, founded in 2015 by the King family, would open a new bourbon production facility in the City of Newport News. Ironclad, located on 23rd Street near the downtown waterfront, is the first of its kind in Newport News and distills, ages and bottles small batch bourbon, using Virginia-grown corn, wheat and rye.
An event was held, featuring Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, to announce the partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Newport News, the EDA and Ironclad on the project, through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).
Ironclad will invest $100,000 in equipment and leasehold improvements, create eight new jobs and purchase more than 675,000 pounds of Virginia grain for use in producing its bourbon. A $12,000 AFID grant, awarded by Governor McAuliffe, will assist with the project.
The company began offering Saturday tours near year-end, and expects the first batch of bourbon to be ready for consumption in mid-2016.