Wine, beer supply company expands in Ashland

The firm is leasing 54,000 square feet in the forthcoming industrial project in Ashland. (Mike Platania)

A local firm is kicking its cans about four miles down the road in Ashland.

Wine & Beer Supply, which offers cans, bottles, packaging, warehouse space and other wares for breweries and wineries, has signed a lease to move its headquarters into a new construction facility in the Northlake Commerce Center.

The 4-year-old company will occupy 54,000 square feet in a forthcoming 152,000-square-foot industrial building at 12015 N. Lakeridge Parkway.

It will replace the company’s current home about three miles south at 10436 Lakeridge Parkway. Co-owner Casey Werderman said the company currently occupies about 45,000 square feet total across four warehouses in Ashland, Scott’s Addition and Glen Allen.

Wine & Beer Supply’s staff. (Courtesy Wine & Beer)

“We’ve been outgrowing our warehouse spaces now and this frees us up to be bringing everything under one roof,” Werderman said. “It’ll be the anchor spot for expansion into additional East Coast space.”

Northlake Commerce Center, which is a joint venture from Brookwood Capital Partners and JLL, is scheduled to be completed this fall, and Werderman said they’re aiming to be moved in in November. Kevin Cox of Porter Realty Co. represented Wine & Beer Supply in lease negotiations.

Wine & Beer Supply will have some fresh hardware to bring into the new warehouse as well, as it rolled out a mobile canning line this month.

Once an afterthought for booze makers, canning has grown in popularity among breweries and cideries. Werderman said they decided to get into mobile canning as a response to client demand.

“There’s no question canning’s here to stay; people love the flexibility of cans,” he said. “Virginia passed legislation for mixed cocktails … You’ll start seeing some local spirit distilleries doing those in cans as well. We’re excited to tap into that market, which is nonexistent right now.”

Wine & Beer Supply has had a busy 2019. It closed on a $2 million funding round in the winter, and Werderman said they’ve also acquired two unnamed, Virginia-based mobile filtration companies as well as a mobile bottling line from Sonoma, California.

Werderman said they work with local clients including Ardent Craft Ales, The Veil Brewing Co., Vasen Brewing Co., James River Cellars Winery and Elk Island Winery.

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