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First distillery in Henry County opens

Henry County’s first distillery opened this weekend. Smith River Spirits opened its doors at 1317 Eggleston Falls Road in Ridgeway and distills a variety of brandy products including a traditional wine brandy aged in charred white oak barrels. The company will make wine brandy and a line of apple brandy products called Apple Black. The distillery’s co-founders are Master Distiller Kevin Nelson and Patrick County attorney Alan Black.