City’s latest brewpub pulls into the Slip

ShipLock Brewing opened this month at 115 S. 15th St. (Mike Platania)

Richmond’s newest brewery is picking up where another left off in Shockoe Slip.

ShipLock Brewing opened this month at 115 S. 15th St., in the space that was formerly home to 7 Hills Seafood & Brewing, which closed in January after opening in 2015.

7 Hills had listed its brewing equipment as collateral in an agreement with Fulton Hill Properties, which owns the building. Fulton Hill purchased all the hardware at auction for $25,000 and, shortly after, brought on ShipLock as a tenant.

Owned by the same group behind District 5 in the Fan and the nearby Southern Railway Taphouse on 14th Street, ShipLock is a brewpub with nearly a dozen beers on tap and a full food menu.

ShipLock is pouring a few IPAs, a Belgian-style tripel, a winter spice beer and a German pilsner, among other brews.

General Manager Branden Otto said they’ll likely have two flagship beers.

“We’ve got a Helles Lager as our flagship and we’ll probably keep the Robust Porter on year-round as well,” he said.

He added that ShipLock plans to explore distribution at some point.

The brewpub has a food truck’s facade built in. (Mike Platania)

Each of ShipLock’s beers is priced at $6. The brewery also has a liquor bar and serves non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and orange cream ale on tap.

Otto described ShipLock’s food menu as casual fare, featuring burgers, tacos and pizzas.

ShipLock Brewing is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Otto said they plan to expand hours to include lunch in the spring.

ShipLock is the second brewery to open in the city this fall. Bingo Beer Co., a restaurant-brewery-arcade combo, opened in November at 2900 W. Broad St.

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Mike Banks
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Interesting the food truck facade because doesn’t Lickinghole Creek in the Bottom also have that design? Also, $25,000 for a full brewery setup is beyond a steal. Well played, Fulton Hill.

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