The Denver-based brewpub had occupied 8,500 square feet on the mall’s second floor since 2014. Its last day of service in Short Pump was June 4.
“It’s been nerve-wracking to say the least, but you know, if it was easy anybody could do it,” co-owner Butch Taylor said of the six-year process to open the brewery. “We’re building something that we want to be proud of and the community to be proud of … I get choked up just thinking about it.”
“When I started, my job was hand-labeling bottles….Owning this business was not on my radar eight years ago,” said new Blue Bee co-owner Taylor Benson.
The building had once been planned for a food hall but is now home to The Veil and Nokoribi, a Japanese restaurant from the ownership group behind Longoven.
Karen and Matt Verdisco, owners of Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen, are opening a pizza and beer-focused spot just up the road, where they’re installing an in-house brewing operation.
If ultimately passed, the bill would allow brewers to sell a limited amount of product without a distributor through the creation of the Virginia Beer Distribution Co.
Reverberations from a nine-figure deal between two beer giants on opposite sides of the Pacific are being felt here in Richmond.
The brewery will open a 3,000-square-foot standalone location in Blackwood Development’s 25-acre Winterfield Crossing project.
The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild made the annual contest smaller this year and six Richmond area breweries brought home a total of eight awards, compared to 12 breweries with 16 awards last year.
The coffee house chain shut down the 26 N. Morris St. cafe due the uncertainty of a return to regular indoor service, but the Scott’s Addition and Addison Street shops will remain open.