After spending two years and looking at hundreds of different locations, Deschutes Brewery has finally found a home for its newest facility.
The Bend, Ore.-based brewery has announced that Roanoke, Va. will be the location of its new east coast brewery. The new facility is expected to cost about $85 million and will be located at the eastern edge of the city, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019.
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“We started Deschutes Brewery when craft beer wasn’t burgeoning and led with a beer style that wasn’t popular at the time – Black Butte Porter,” said Gary Fish, ceo and founder of Deschutes, in a press release. “This pioneering approach was a key driver behind our decision to go with Roanoke, as that same spirit exists in this community and its fast-growing beer culture.”
The new location will join three other installations around the country: the original brewhouse and the brewery’s production facility in Bend, as well as a public house located in Portland, Ore.
“Roanoke is honored to be chosen as Deschutes Brewery’s East Coast location after a very thorough review of several communities in the Southeast,” said Chris Morrill, Roanoke city manager. “It is a company with a strong culture of community engagement, recognized for its craftsmanship and will be a perfect fit for Roanoke’s vibrant outdoor lifestyle. We are thrilled to welcome Deschutes as we continue to build a diverse, resilient economy.”
According to a press release, the new brewery will add more than 100 new jobs and will initially produce approximately 150,000 barrels of beer, although there will be more space to increase capacity as needed. In addition, Deschutes plans on shipping beer from the new location “in about five years.”