Goochland’s Kindred Spirit opens Satellite brewpub in the city

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Heather and John Barefoot at Satellite. (Mike Platania photos)

The latest addition to the region’s beer scene has blasted off near Scott’s Addition.

Goochland-based Kindred Spirit Brewing last week opened Satellite, a new brewpub at 1626 Ownby Lane in the city. 

Satellite’s space is the former home of Castleburg Brewery, which ceased operations late last year after eight years in business. 

Shortly after Castleburg’s closure, Kindred Spirit swooped in and leased the 5,600-square-foot space. Kindred Spirit opened its original location at West Creek Business Park in 2016 and distributes its beer throughout the Mid-Atlantic, but until now its only physical presence was its Goochland brewery. 

Satellite bears little resemblance to Castleburg, as Kindred Spirit co-owners John and Heather Barefoot, Joe Trottier and Merryl Gutierrez renovated to give it a space theme, complete with neon lights, sci-fi decor and more. 

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The taproom was renovated with a celestial theme.

John Barefoot said that they’re preparing to begin brewing on-site at Satellite next week and that some of the brews made at Satellite will be available only there. He added that the plan is to do collaborative brews with other local breweries at Satellite.

Until then, Satellite is serving many of Kindred Spirit’s beers, including its flagship IPA Headspace, the lower-ABV version Li’l Headspace, and multiple lagers. Beers at Satellite range from $8 to $9.50, and also on the menu are third-party wines, ciders and canned cocktails. 

While Kindred Spirit’s Goochland brewery offers food by way of an in-house food truck, Satellite has its own kitchen that serves bar staples including hot dogs, paninis, flatbread pizzas and wings. 

Satellite operates with a staff of 10, and its first day of business was last Thursday. It’s the 46th brewery in the Richmond region. 

Meanwhile, one of Kindred Spirit’s Goochland contemporaries, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, is on a hiatus while its owner attends to health concerns


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