Former NC prison to become distillery
CONCORD, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina distillery plans to move into a renovated correctional facility, the company announced.
The company hopes to be up and running this fall – and holding tours in October.
Southern Grace Distilleries will move into a 13,000-plus square foot dormitory of a former North Carolina prison. The company said that will bring a $1.5 million investment into the facility.
The prison operated from 1929 until 2011. There were 198 inmates there at the time, according to local reports, who were moved to other facilities. The prison was closed because of budget cuts and that cost the town 53 jobs.
Southern Grace Distilleries makes Sun Dog 130, a corn whiskey that has won two gold medals at international competitions in the past year.
“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with the award-winning Southern Grace Distilleries to repurpose the old prison. What a novel idea.” said Tom Earnhardt, partner