WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – On the cusp of its first anniversary, The Virginia Beer Company was recently recognized as one of the top new breweries in the country by BeerAdvocate magazine. As part of BeerAdvocate’s annual “Class Of” honors, 34 breweries out of the 861 new breweries that opened across the country in 2016 were selected as the best in their class. Virginia Beer Co. was one of two Virginia breweries selected for last year’s honors.
One of the biggest challenges we've faced has been finding a facility to house The Virginia Beer Company. This is partly due to the fact that Robby and I have a specific vision for our brewery and are only willing to compromise to a certain point, but it's mostly due to the fact that breweries are extremely specialized uses and require a certain type of facility that isn't easy to find in an area like downtown Williamsburg (our chosen location!). None of the requirements and considerations listed below are hard and fast rules - you can certainly find breweries tucked into buildings with low ceilings and no floor drains! However, they were useful for us as we attempted to narrow our options during our 2+ year search for a facility and will hopefully illuminate why the process has been so challenging.