The co-founders of San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. had settled on a seaside city in North Carolina for the site of their second brewery, but a last-minute trip to Virginia Beach changed their minds. (emphasis mine)
"Frankly, I was so close on another city that I was really going there with the mindset just to cross it off my list to make sure I had done my due diligence," said Mike Hinkley, who co-founded Green Flash with his wife, Lisa, in 2002.
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The Hinkleys wanted to build a brewery in the mid-Atlantic so they could deliver fresh beer to about two-thirds of the U.S. population. About a third of Green Flash's beer is sold on the East Coast.
The Virginia Beach site will include a tasting room, an event center, a store, a pavilion and a nearly 1-acre beer garden. Food trucks and caterers will be invited to sell to customers, but the brewery will not operate a restaurant.
After seeing New Belgium, Oskar Blues, and Sierra Nevada all make plans to build their East Coast breweries in our neighboring state to the south, it's good to see Virginia put one in the win column. I think I'll need to pick up a six-pack of Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale this weekend to celebrate.