West Virginia distillery focuses on local roots

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (DC News Now) — Some entrepreneurs in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia are attracting attention for a niche distillery they have launched.

Devil’s Due Distillery’s success is all about being local and giving back.

The distillery’s warehouse is tucked away in a rural, secluded tract and was inspired by the success of wineries from neighboring Virginia.

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“We’re very committed to working with the local neighbors,” says Lanie Migliaccio, the distillery’s brand ambassador. “Whether it be the farmers or the mom and pop places, the little small businesses.”

Distillery partner, Brian Halbert, said they have a strong relationship with nearby farmers.

“We purchase our grain and local artisans have merchandise to sell,” he said. “It’s all about keeping it local.”

And keeping the workplace friendly too.

“Our owners are fantastic,” says distiller, Schraver McCasland. “The people I work with everyday, it’s a joy to get up and come in everyday and work as a team. We all have a good time.”

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As a service veteran himself, owner Wylie McDade, makes outreach to military families a priority.

“We interact, volunteer and give back to veteran groups to help returning veterans and active duty veterans in transitioning to, well, back into life.”

Devil’s Due Distillery is expanding and is sponsoring a dirt track race this month and a crafts show later this spring.

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