09/13/2012 02:09 EDT | Updated 11/13/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia government invests in new distillery in Guysborough

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is investing $1.2 million to help a rural company set up an artisan distillery.

Authentic Seacoast Distilling Company Ltd. will used the money to help pay for a $2.7 million project that is expected to create 35 jobs in the Guysborough area.

The Economic Development Department says the investment comprises a $1-million forgivable loan and a capital incentive of $191,000.

The company has also started a coffee roasting business and bakery.

The company is part of Authentic Seacoast Group, which owns a number of Guysborough businesses, including DesBarres Manor Inn, the Rare Bird Pub and Eatery, Osprey Shores Golf Resort, Authentic Seacoast Brewery and the Harbour Belle Bakery.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version suggested the coffee roasting business and bakery were not yet open when in fact they are