Craft distillery to open in Newport News

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Newport News is getting its first craft distillery.

Ironclad Distillery announced Wednesday plans to open a small-batch bourbon distillery and tasting room in a revitalized warehouse district on the James River. The company will invest $100,000 in the venture and expects to create eight jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $12,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund to assist Newport News with the project. The company has committed to purchasing more than 675,000 pounds of Virginia corn, wheat, and rye over three years.

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