ATLANTA -- Atlanta's first distillery since Prohibition -- Old Fourth Distillery (O4D) -- has reached its $40,000 goal in a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com.
The distillery, a project of brothers Craig and Jeff Moore, received federal approval on Aug. 12. The pair have leased 3,000 square feet of space at 437 Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth ward neighborhood and plan to invest around $850,000 to launch the distillery, which could open in April or May of 2014, Scoutmob reported in October.
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Scoutmob said the brothers had begun the build-out of the space and procured a 1,200 gallon tank.
"They are reaching out to Atlantans to close the final gap in the funding for the distillery which will initially produce vodka and gin and later expand to whiskey and rye," Scoutmob said.
According to the Kickstarter website, 361 backers have pledged $40,373 as of this week.
The following is posted on the Kickstarter site:
"You've heard the rumors and we're here to confirm that they are true. 5 locals are working to open the first distillery in the city of Atlanta since prohibition. These locals include brothers Jeff and Craig Moore, along with their pals Gabe Pilato, Justin Gray, and Andy DuVall."
The post continues, "Old Fourth Distillery (O4D) will be located right in the heart of Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward. This vibrant and historic district is particularly well known as the location of the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site and being part of the Atlanta Beltline. As Atlantans already know, the city continues to revitalize this neighborhood and focus on projects that will bring people and businesses back into the heart of the city. As a result of an ongoing project we will soon see light-rail lines and more impressive renovations around the district. Very cool for the neighborhood and those who love it. This neighborhood is special and we want to be a part of the next chapter of
history that happens here. And, what you've heard on the street is happening -- we are establishing our distillery operations in Old Fourth Ward. We know that O4D will attract foot traffic in the area as people stop by for tastings and distillery tours."
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)