AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Stable Craft Brewery in Augusta County announced it's investing $500,000 into expanding their production here in the Valley to meet the increased demand in Virginia.
The announcement brought out many leaders throughout Augusta County, including some Augusta County supervisors, Delegate Bob Goodlatte and Delegate Steve Landes.
It was announced at the top state level, by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
“Today’s announcement of Stable Craft Brewing’s new investment and jobs in Augusta, and their commitment to purchase Virginia-grown products underscores the crucial role that agriculture plays throughout the Commonwealth," said Gov. McAuliffe. "Investments like this create jobs, tourism activity, and new markets for Virginia’s farmers as craft breweries look to them to source hops, fruit, honey, and other agricultural products. Today’s announcement is a great win for Virginia’s craft brewery industry and our ongoing efforts to build a new Virginia economy.”
Craig Nargi, the owner of Stable Craft Brewery, said the community support means everything.
"Having the amount of people that showed up to our announcement today, really reflects on the impacts we've made around the community," Nargi said. "But also on the opposite side, to see that kind of support and the connection they've made to our breweries is absolutely phenomenal."
Nargi said they also plan to invest in Virginia farms to purchase nearly all (88%) of their ingredients as well, while producing more beer.
"We're putting in a new bottling line that will produce 30 bottles a minute and then we're also tripling our production facility for manufacturing of beer," he said.
Not only will they bring more beer, but 10 full-time jobs are expected to be added, as well three part-time jobs.
Construction on the new production expansions is set to begin next week.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) worked with Augusta County and Stable Craft Brewing to secure this project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $15,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which Augusta will match with local funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee recruitment and training activities are being provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.