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Charleston Distilling expanding to Johns Island

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The 10,000-square-foot new distilling facility on Johns Island will have a 45-foot-high still. (Photo/Red Iron Architects)

Charleston Distilling, a Charleston-based producer of spirits including bourbon, gin, whiskey and vodka, is expanding its operations and production capacity with a new facility on Johns Island.

The independent, small-batch producer, which runs a distillery and tasting room at 501 King St. in downtown Charleston, is investing $4.2 million to open a new facility at 3548 Meeks Farm Road on Johns Island and hire 29 people, according to a news release from the state Commerce Department. The 10,000-square-foot location, which will have a 45-foot-high still, is expected to open in July.

Red Iron Architects in North Charleston and Newport Construction in Mount Pleasant are overseeing the $2.1 million building project, which began construction in January 2018.

“With a large tasting room and outside area, the Johns Island location will be a perfect spot for locals to come taste what we can do, and experience everything we have to offer,” Charleston Distilling owner Stephen Heilman said in the release.

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