Deschutes Brewery has announced their long-awaited decision of where to build East Coast brewery. The Bend, Oregon brewery planned the expansion once their distribution footprint reached the Atlantic states (they currently sell in 28 states and D.C.). After researching hundreds of potential locations, they decided on Roanoke, Virginia.
“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 the brewery, via 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.”
Construction will begin on the eastern edge of Roanoke in 2019. The facility is expected to brew 150,000 barrels each year for starters, with plans to expand production as necessary. Deschutes expects around 100 new jobs to come from the facility, which will begin distributing beer to East Coast accounts in five years.
Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill calls Deschutes “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.”