Onyx Spirits Company has announced it has expanded to an 11,000 square foot facility in East Hartford, moving its headquarters from the historic Hilliard Mills complex in Manchester.
The new space, located on Oakland Avenue in East Hartford, will allow the company to increase production of Onyx Moonshine, the first legal moonshine to be produced in New England and the first Ultra Premium American moonshine. Onyx Spirits Company launched in October 2011, and has rapidly expanded production to meet the growing demand. It is currently available in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island with a launch in New York set for Spring.
The new facility allows for the addition of two moonshine stills, and will eventually feature a 2,000 square foot tasting room that will include a historical exhibit on prohibition in Connecticut.
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“We’ve been very fortunate this past year to have grown so quickly, but it was much faster than we expected and we needed more space. The new facility will allow us to invite customers from all over to come and see how Onyx is made, minus some of our secrets, of course,” said Onyx Spirits Company co-founder Adam von Gootkin. “We’ll have enough room to grow for years to come as we continue showing the world what an ultra premium Connecticut moonshine tastes like,” he added.
Onyx Spirits Company received a $100,000 matching grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic Development (DECD) in 2012. It was used for hiring additional employees, purchasing new equipment, and investment into a larger facility.