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Governor announces new craft distillery coming to Lenoir County

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Social Beverage Company, LLC will locate a craft distillery in Lenoir County, creating 34 jobs and investing $5.8 million in Kinston over three years.

In a press release from Governor McCrory's press office, the announcement means the company plans to produce its signature farm-to-flask Social House Vodka. The distillery will adhere to its strict standards of making the product, using natural ingredients and organic farming, creating a gluten-free product from corn grown within 50 miles of the facility.

"Kinston and Lenoir County have created a destination for tourists interested in good food, skilled chefs, and craftsmen that create products drawn from local farms and natural ingredients," McCrory said. "We applaud this community for attracting another company that supports community-based farming."

The project was made possible in part by a grant from the One North Carolina Fund which covers up to $68,000. According to a press release on the announcement, the new jobs will include management, production and sales positions. Salaries vary by position with the average annual salary will be $50,071. The average wage in Lenoir County is $33,142, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.

"The Social Beverage Company will add yet another flavor to the culinary scene in downtown Kinston, in addition to the jobs it will create," Commerce Secretary John Skvarla III said in the press release.

"As Kinston continues to experience tremendous growth, it is an exciting time to build and operate our new facility with the support of the N.C. Department of Commerce, Lenoir County and the City of Kinston. North Carolina has created a welcoming environment for craft breweries and distilleries, and we are pleased to be a part of this growing industry in the state," said Cary Joshi, president of Social Beverage Company.

"The relationships we've formed with local farmers, interest from the local community, and the emerging art, culinary and craft spirits scene in downtown Kinston, present the perfect foundation to establish our distillery as a gathering place."

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