A local brewery showed off its new $28 million facility this week as it prepares to open in the spring.
Hardywood on Monday cut the ribbon on its 60,000-square-foot brewery at 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive in Goochland near the intersection of West Creek Parkway and State Route 288.
Founders Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh were joined by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and hundreds of guests as the brewery gave a sneak preview of the 24-acre facility, which includes a taproom and production space.
Dubbed Hardywood West Creek, the facility will have a soft opening in February followed by a grand opening festival beginning April 6.
It will open with the ability to brew 35,000 barrels of beer annually, with room to grow. Hardywood West Creek will begin by brewing flagship beers such as the Singel and Pils.
In addition to 55,000 square feet of production space, Hardywood West Creek also features a 4,000-square-foot taproom, an outdoor patio and beer garden, food truck plaza and mezzanine.
“We have the ability to host festivals, food trucks, guest chefs, indoor concerts and outdoor performances under the stars in our amphitheater, which we hope to start building this spring,” McKay said.
He said the facility will bring on 60 full-time employees in the next five years.
Loughridge & Co. was the project’s general contractor, with Price Simpson Harvey as its architect. Union Bank & Trust was the lender on the project and Hardywood also received some state and local incentives.
With the West Creek location taking over production of its flagship beers, McKay said Hardywood’s Richmond location at 2408 Ownby Lane, which will remain open, will be able to produce new beers that have come down the pipeline from its Charlottesville satellite taproom, which opened last year.
“Some of the beers we started as pilot brews on the three-barrel system in Charlottesville are sort of at a point where they’re ready to scale up,” McKay said, noting its IPAs, Road to Idaho and Tropication. He said its Richmond Lager, which started as a small batch in Richmond, will also be brewed in West Creek.