- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Northern Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery is planning to open its second location in Williamsburg, creating 28 jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that the distillery plans to invest more than $2 million for the malting, production, aging and tasting facility. It’ll convert vacant 1952 motor court buildings for the operation.

Officials say Copper Fox will also source 100 percent of its more than 1,000 tons of grain from Virginia producers.

Copper Fox in Sperryville was founded in the early 2000s and sells single-malt and rye whiskey, as well as gin.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore said Virginia is continuing to take advantage of the emerging craft beer, cider and distilled spirit industries.

McAuliffe approved a $50,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund for the project.

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