KINSTON -- We often enjoy a cocktail with family and friends and that's why a group of pals and experienced trailblazers in the restaurant, hospitality and spirits industry decided to join forces to create Social House Vodka, a new handcrafted spirit with roots in the Triangle.
After searching for sites in North and South Carolina and Virginia, friends Cary Joshi, Mark Mullins and G Patel chose to establish their distillery, Three Stacks Distilling Company, in a century-old, abandoned power plant in Kinston, N.C. They wanted to help bring growth to the town while creating a premium farm-to-flask spirit in their home state. To do so, the company uses the two deep water wells to the Black Creek aquifer on their property, known for its naturally purified water. The gluten-free vodka is also made by using GMO-free corn from an area farmer.
Eventually, the company hopes to rehabilitate the power plant over the next couple years and turn it into a "Zero Net Carbon operation by utilizing energy efficient building technologies in combination with up-cycling its waste into renewable energy or high nutrient feed for local farmers".