BY MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Loudoun County pasture is set to become the Mid-Atlantic’s first commercial-scale production and processing facility for hops — an important ingredient in brewing beer.
Black Hops Farm LLC will invest about $1 million to initially convert 15 acres in Leesburg into a hop farm and build a processing facility, which will allow other Virginia hop growers to efficiently process their crops for market, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday. The move will create 11 jobs, and the company plans to source more than 60 percent of their hops, or at least 3,500 pounds, from Virginia over the next three years.
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Deschutes Announces Entry Into DC/NoVA Markets via Premium Distributors
October 16, 2014 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today that its craft beers will be available in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia starting the week of October 27. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with Premium Distributors of Virginia and Premium Distributors of Washington DC, both part of the Reyes Beverage Group.
Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “Our fans on the east coast have been anxious to get our beers for quite some time, so we’re happy to finally extend our reach their way. Our Zarabanda collaboration with Chef José Andrés was the impetus for the growth, and we are looking forward to launching a few of our fan favorites in the region as well.”
In Washington D.C. and northern Virginia (Arlington and Alexandria regions), Deschutes will initially offer year-round beers Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA in draft only.
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Stone Brewing Co. Names Richmond, Virginia, as Future Home for New Brewery and Destination Restaurant *
ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 9, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens opening a year or two after that. Ultimately, the company will employ more than 288 people.
“The search for our location east of the Mississippi River was no easy endeavor,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “We received and reviewed hundreds of proposals, visited more than 40 sites, and received quite a bit of attention from communities and craft beer fans. The three finalist cities each provided diverse offerings, however, we decided to begin next-step
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Great American Beer Festival Winners Announced
234 Breweries Celebrate Medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival
268 Professional Medals Awarded, 461 First-Time Participants Compete
Boulder, CO • October 4, 2014—The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
Congratulations to the Virginia Breweries with award winning beer!
Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Read more: GABF 2014 Winners