Old Rappahannock Brewing Company will invest more than $1.2 million and create 11 new jobs in the opening of a new production facility and tasting room in the Town of Warsaw in Richmond County.
An announcement from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office noted that the company will source more than 90 percent of the hops, wheat, oysters, and fruit used in its brews from Virginia. Old Rappahannock Brewing will be the first craft brewery in Richmond County.
“Old Rappahannock Brewing Company’s investment and job creation in the Town of Warsaw represents a tremendous opportunity to create new markets for Virginia’s watermen and farmers as craft beverage producers work with them to source the Virginia oysters, wheat, hops, and other items that make their products so distinctive,” said Northam.
The owner of Old Rappahannock Brewing Company, Andy Beale, said he was excited about the opportunity to bring craft beer to Warsaw and Richmond County, and to be part of the ongoing revitalization efforts on Main Street in Warsaw.
The news release from the governor’s office noted that the project will bring new life to a nearly vacant building which encompasses almost an entire block of downtown Warsaw. The renovation of this former hardware store, which will also be home to new retail and restaurants, is a major milestone in the community’s effort to revitalize its downtown.
The state is partnering with the town and Old Rappahannock Brewing Company through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. Northam approved a $50,000 grant from the fun for the project, which the town will match with local funds.