Another year for craft beer in Roanoke area

Another year of beer: Craft breweries seemed to pop up everywhere in the Roanoke area and across the Commonwealth in 2017. Last year alone, this region saw the openings of Ballast Point Brewing Company in Botetourt County, the Star Hill Pilot Brewery in Roanoke, Deschutes tasting room in downtown Roanoke, Olde Salem Brewing in downtown Salem, and Big Lick Brewing Company’s beer garden opened up.  So much happened on the beer scene in 2017, and it looks to be the same for 2018 and 2019.

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Three Notch’d is expected to open in Roanoke in 2019.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Downtown Roanoke will see a new brewery this year! In late November, Charlottesville based Three Notch’d Brewery announced they would bring a 3,500 square foot brewery and collab. house to Roanoke. They already have four other locations: Two in Charlottesville, one in Richmond, and one in Harrisonburg. According to a statement by the brewery, construction begins this fall and doors will be open late spring of 2019.

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Ober Brewing expects to open in early 2018.

Ober Brewing Company

In Salem, a third brewery is set to open its doors in 2018.  According to its website, Ober Brewing plans to open in January of this year. On their website, they list five beers with fun names like “Appalachian Mama American Amber Ale” and “Hanging Rock Pilsner”.  Ober Brewing was given the greenlight by Salem city leaders in late July, when they voted to allow microbreweries in industrial areas. Ober Brewing has since converted an old warehouse into a brewery.

A Few Old Goats Brewing

A Few Old Goats Brewing announced last year they would be setting up shop in the West End Flats at the edge of the Old Southwest Neighborhood and the West End Neighborhood in 2018. In mid-December, the Roanoke Planning and Development board gave them the approval to move forward with their brewing plans. In October, I had a chance to meet with the friends who are starting up this brewery and take a look at their space. It was a lot of fun and the three friends who plan to open the brewery are hoping to have it open by March.

Check out this video I made showing the future location of AFOG.

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