Yesterday (1/9) the Hardywood Brewery co-founders, along with Governor Terry McAuliffe, cut the ribbon on their third brewery out in Goochland County.
Their newest location, dubbed Hardywood West Creek, is set on 24 acres of land overlooking Tuckahoe Creek just off route 288. Besides the 4000-square-foot taproom, the new brewery will also feature a patio and beer garden, a food truck plaza and a natural amphitheater for live performances. Co-founder Eric McKay, says the site is 100 percent powered by renewable energy with all of their power coming from wind, solar and biomass.
Once open, its state of the art 60-barrel brewhouse will be able to help alleviate the strain to put upon the original Richmond location for beer output, which now includes sending brews to Europe.
McKay also said that the company has invested $20 Million so far with plenty of room for expansion. And with the new 55,000-square-foot location, a promise of jobs will be forthcoming. “We will employ 40 new team members, at the time that we open. That will grow to 60 very quickly—60 new full time jobs within the next 5 years.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe, added to McKay’s point by saying that the entire Virginia beer industry has been big business for the state. “This is a billion dollar business for the Commonwealth of Virginia. It equates to hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
Hardywood West Creek, which will open with 35,000 barrels of annual brewing capacity, is expected to have a soft opening next month, followed by a Grand Opening weekend in April.