Local distillery hosts BBQ kickoff party ahead of expansion

KINSTON, NC (WITN) In Kinston Wednesday evening dozens of guests gathered on the lawn outside of Three Stacks Distillery to celebrate the Kinston Arts Council's kickoff to the annual BBQ Festival.

Featuring an art show, food, and drinks made with Social House Vodka, which is brewed right in Kinston, people were given the chance to tour the distillery for the first time since the company launched in July of 2017.

The distillery is also preparing now to grow their facility in Kinston to increase capacity and provide additional opportunities for tourists to visit.

Cary Joshi, the President of Social House Vodka, says that the company recently acquired the vacant building next door to the distillery and will be moving their bottling and logistics operation to the climate-controlled area in the near future, which he says will provide an even better product.

Social House Vodka is not only distilled in Kinston but is made using corn grown just 8 miles away on a farm in Lenoir County owned by Warren Hardy. Hardy, who is a third-generation farmer and attended Wednesday's event said, "They like to say it's a local market which it is. They're from Lenoir County, they buy in Lenoir County, they employ in Lenoir County. So from a countywide standpoint, it's great."

Owners of the company said they hope that their success and continued expansion continues to empower the area.

Since hitting shelves last year, Social House Vodka has become the number one selling vodka made in North Carolina.