By Matt Leonard
Capital News Service
RICHMOND — With help from a state grant, a malting facility and craft distillery will open in Petersburg and use large quantities of Virginia-grown feedstock in making alcohol, officials announced Wednesday.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Petersburg Mayor W. Howard Myers joined the owners of Big Trouble Malting and Spirits at an event in Petersburg to make the announcement.
“The demand for malted barley is huge, and the market is vastly underdeveloped,” said Tony Kvasnicka, co-owner of Big Trouble. “Our goal is to support Virginia craft brewers and create an operation where growers can confidently raise barley and other alternative crops for the craft beer industry.” Continue reading