“We’ve already hired three new people,” Schuchter said. “We were stuck at 15 to 18 employees for about 15 years, and we now have 21 employees,” with tentative plans for additional hiring as the distillery nears completion.
Valley Vineyards’ venture into the beer market has been warmly received by its customers, who consumed 275 gallons of Cellar Dwellers brews at a Feb. 21 unveiling at the winery, according to Steve Shaw, the winery’s brewmaster who is also Schuchter’s uncle. Beer sales in the first two months have tripled projections, Shaw said last week.
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