Virginia's Silverback Distillery Decides to Expand into Pennsylvania Instead of Virginia

Virginia's Silverback Distillery, which opened its doors in 2014 and has gone on to win numerous international awards for its spirits, has decided to expand into neighboring Pennsylvania rather than its home state of Virginia. DrinksReform.org editor Jarrett Dieterle profiled Silverback's owners, Christine and Denver Riggleman, earlier this year on the legal and regulatory challenges they faced in Virginia. These barriers appear to have taken their toll, as the distillery has decided to seek friendlier legal climes, according to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"Silverback Distillery in Afton is expanding into Pennsylvania, owner Christine Riggleman said Friday.

The announcement was made to employees Saturday afternoon.

The distillery, which opened in 2015, has done well for the short time it’s been open, according to Riggleman — snagging 14 international awards — but she said costly regulations from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are leading the company to expand into another state.

 'Virginia laws are holding us back,' she said. 'Even though Pennsylvania is a commonwealth, the laws are a lot friendlier in terms of expanding, and you can keep more of your money, where Virginia takes more money from our bottle sales.'

Some of the production still will take place in its Afton facility, but Riggleman said some bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin will be produced in Pennsylvania.

She and her husband, Denver, also hope to open a tasting room and hire between 14 and 17 new employees in Pennsylvania..."

Read the whole article here.

Jarrett's full profile of Silverback and the Rigglemans can be found here.