Virginia Beach lands Isley Brewing’s first out-of-town taproom

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Isley Brewing’s location at 1715 Summit Ave. in Scott’s Addition. (Mike Platania)

A Scott’s Addition brewery is going coastal.

Isley Brewing Co., which launched in Richmond in 2013, is preparing to open its first out-of-town taproom in Virginia Beach. It’s the latest local brewer to look to outside markets for satellite locations.

As announced by the city Wednesday, the new 5,500-square-foot space is in Virginia Beach’s emerging arts district at 315 Virginia Beach Blvd., a few blocks from the ocean. It will have a brewing system capable of producing 2,000 barrels of beer annually.

Isley is receiving a $30,000 grant from Virginia Beach’s Department of Economic Development, and the brewer is expected to invest over $825,000 into opening the facility and create 10 full-time jobs.

Calls to founder and president Mike Isley were not returned by press time.

The city’s deal with Isley comes a few weeks after San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing abruptly closed its 58,000-square-foot Virginia Beach production facility, after less than two years in operation. According to local reports, Green Flash defaulted on its rent, ceased East Coast distribution and was sold to a private equity group. It received a $265,000 grant from Virginia Beach, which it will not have to return since it fulfilled its promise to build the $20 million facility.

Isley, which launched at 1715 Summit Ave. in 2013, is the second Richmond brewery to head to Hampton Roads for a second location. Last summer, Legend Brewing opened a satellite taproom in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

As Isley prepares to head east, another local brewer’s beers will soon be hitting the road. Earlier this week Hardywood Park Craft Brewery announced it signed a deal with Atlanta Beverage Co. to distribute in Atlanta.

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Isley Brewing’s location at 1715 Summit Ave. in Scott’s Addition. (Mike Platania)

A Scott’s Addition brewery is going coastal.

Isley Brewing Co., which launched in Richmond in 2013, is preparing to open its first out-of-town taproom in Virginia Beach. It’s the latest local brewer to look to outside markets for satellite locations.

As announced by the city Wednesday, the new 5,500-square-foot space is in Virginia Beach’s emerging arts district at 315 Virginia Beach Blvd., a few blocks from the ocean. It will have a brewing system capable of producing 2,000 barrels of beer annually.

Isley is receiving a $30,000 grant from Virginia Beach’s Department of Economic Development, and the brewer is expected to invest over $825,000 into opening the facility and create 10 full-time jobs.

Calls to founder and president Mike Isley were not returned by press time.

The city’s deal with Isley comes a few weeks after San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing abruptly closed its 58,000-square-foot Virginia Beach production facility, after less than two years in operation. According to local reports, Green Flash defaulted on its rent, ceased East Coast distribution and was sold to a private equity group. It received a $265,000 grant from Virginia Beach, which it will not have to return since it fulfilled its promise to build the $20 million facility.

Isley, which launched at 1715 Summit Ave. in 2013, is the second Richmond brewery to head to Hampton Roads for a second location. Last summer, Legend Brewing opened a satellite taproom in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

As Isley prepares to head east, another local brewer’s beers will soon be hitting the road. Earlier this week Hardywood Park Craft Brewery announced it signed a deal with Atlanta Beverage Co. to distribute in Atlanta.

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