Reefton distillery raises more than $1m to help create up to 50 jobs

A new West Coast distillery due to open mid year aims to create up to 50 jobs in Reefton after raising more than $1.25m.

The Reefton Distilling Co has passed the minimum target for its current capital raising offer through Snowball Effect and co-founder Patsy Bass is hopeful they will hit $1.5m by the time it closes later this month. She said many of the 122 investors to date were locals and their support would help pay for the fit out of the distillery in the former Department of Conservation building beside Reefton’s i-Site visitor centre.

Initially, the business would employ six people, including herself and head distiller and director Sean Whitaker, but distillery tours, guided visits to its water sources, and on-site events could eventually result in the creation of up to 50 jobs.

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