Portland distillery gets a boost from Beyoncé

Royalty Spirits wins a $10,000 grant from the music superstar’s effort to support small Black-owned businesses hit by the pandemic.

PORTLAND, Ore — Chaunci King’s distillery business dried up when the pandemic hit and bars and restaurants closed. “I couldn’t pay staff, we weren’t selling anything, it was just terrible. Income, sales, everything down,” said King.

That’s when King saw a social media post about music superstar Beyoncé and the NAACP starting the BeyGood fund to support Black-owned businesses hurt by the pandemic. King wasn’t expecting much, but applied in December. 

To her surprise, an email came mid-January telling her that her Portland-based company, Royalty

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