Just in time for a respite from Black Friday shopping, Shockoe Bottom’s newest watering hole is open for business.
Lickinghole Goodwater, a satellite taproom from Goochland-based Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, opens Friday in its new space at 1717 E. Franklin St.
The three-barrel brewpub will have three new beers on tap, including a blonde ale and honey red ale, and also will serve beers from Lickinghole’s main brewery at 4100 Knolls Point Drive in Goochland.
The 6,000-square-foot space includes an upstairs loft and can seat roughly 100. A modified food truck is built into the back wall, with a full kitchen behind it.
“We’ll have guest chefs, just like a food truck park,” co-owner Adam Stockton said. “You’ll show up and see who’s there serving food.”
Lickinghole Goodwater will be open on weekends through the new year while it awaits a full ABC license. Once granted, Stockton said, it likely will be open Tuesday through Sunday.
“The plan is to eventually be a brunch spot,” Stockton said. “No one in town really does breakfast beers – radlers, breakfast stouts, mimosa-type beers.”
In conjunction with the new venture, Lickinghole established Goodwater, a nonprofit providing access to clean water in Nine Mile, Jamaica – Bob Marley’s hometown.
Earlier in 2017, co-owner and CEO Lisa Pumphrey and Stockton met Marley’s half-brother Richard Booker while visiting Jamaica and brought him on board to help develop food and beer recipes for Goodwater.
Lickinghole Goodwater is a block away from the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, which is undergoing a major redevelopment scheduled to be complete in spring 2018.
The opening comes six months after Lickinghole announced a $14 million expansion, the plans of which originally included upgrades to its Goochland location and opening a taproom in Lynchburg.
In August, the company changed course and opted to open the taproom in Shockoe Bottom instead of Lynchburg. It still is planning the expansion at its Goochland home base.