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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Helena-West Helena cheers Delta Dirt Distillery

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 9:43 AM

click to enlarge Building to be rehabbed at Cherry and Rightor in Helena-West Helena for Delta Dirt Distillery.
  • Building to be rehabbed at Cherry and Rightor in Helena-West Helena for Delta Dirt Distillery.

Helena-West Helena is toasting a forthcoming development on Cherry Street: A distillery to be called Delta Dirt Distillery.

John Edwards, counsel for the Helena Harbor and Phillips County Economic Development agency, said Harvey and Donna Williams have been working to open the distillery for some time, doing their homework by visiting distilleries all over the country, including Little Rock’s Rock Town. They are renovating an old grocery store at Cherry’s intersection with Rightor Street for the business.

Edwards said the agency was “excited and pleased that Harvey and Donna Williams have brought their vision to Helena. … I was immediately impressed with the amount of background and research they had done in preparing for this day.”

Renovation should start later this year; the distillery will likely produce vodka first, Edwards said, and then “ramp up to bourbon.” There will be a tasting room in the front room of the distillery. Tommy Jamison of Little Rock is architect for building rehab by the minority-owned business, which has completed its federal licensing and is before the state Alcohol Beverage Control division. Williams is a retired agricultural engineer who returned to Helena, where his family owns a farm. “I think this will be a real shot in the arm” for Helena, Edwards said.

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