by Eric Ginsburg
Greensboro’s first distillery signed a lease for a production facility today, co-owner Bill Norman said this afternoon.
Greensboro Distilling is the first business to sign the lease on a warehouse behind the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the former Carolina Steele complex on South-Elm Eugene Street just south of downtown. The space, which is about 8,000 square feet, will provide enough space for production, storage and all of the distillery’s operations, Norman said.
The lease technically begins June 1, and Norman said the distillery plans to start production in January 2016. They will start with gin and vodka, hoping to hit ABC store shelves around March 2016, but the focus will eventually be on rye whiskey and bourbon, he said. Gin and vodka don’t take as long to make, however, allowing Greensboro Distilling to put out a product more quickly.