MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - What used to be a horse farm is now known as the Black Draft Distillery of Berkeley County.
The Black Draft is the first distillery in Berkeley County since prohibition.
On Friday, the distillery’s expansions were ready to be opened to the public.
Co-owners and husband and wife, Glenn and Tara Price, held their ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion and invited the public to join.
Many friends and customers of the distillery came to watch the ceremony and see the new equipment.
“I tried the product before and I was really glad to be able to visualize it now. Seeing the sight and it’s really gorgeous and beautiful, and I look forward to coming back.” Hannah Vargason said.
The attendees were even taken on personal tours around the barns and were able to taste test the owners’ pride and joy - their moonshine.
The moonshine was taste-tested in the new barn that holds the new and much larger equipment.
The black draft’s expansion includes two 150 gallon distillers and three 300 gallon fermenting tanks.
The new distillers will be used to make more bourbon and moonshine.
They were installed to meet the increase in demand from their D.C. distributors.
The Prices first realized they needed to keep upgrading from the original 10 gallon distillers when their consumer demand increased.
The distillery was only producing eight gallons a month at the time when the D.C. distributors asked for 250.
The Prices then recognized their small 10 gallon distillers would not meet their demand and opted for bigger equipment.
“The demand is crazy for what we’re doing,” Price said. “I just cannot meet the demand enough, so we knew we’d have to expand.”
The Black Draft also sells their products from the distillery itself and hopes to expand their product into liquor stores and bars in neighboring states.