Back Bay Brewing nabs city grant for expansion to Virginia Beach farmhouse

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Courtesy city of Virginia Beach.

The Wood family farmhouse site. (Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A local brewery is expanding to a second location in the city with financial help from the Development Authority.

Back Bay Brewing Co. will renovate the old Wood family farmhouse, near the intersection of Kempsville Road and Centerville Turnpike, expanding its presence to Kempsville, the authority announced. The brewery will receive a $35,000 Economic Development Incentive Program grant to help the $1.4 million expansion, according to a release from the city.

The Wood farmhouse was built in 1910. Plans for the 8.6-acre parcel include a brewery building, fruit orchard, horseshoe area, picnic tables, open-air market, tented outdoor wedding and special-event space, and crops for the brewing operation, according to the release. A restaurant could be added later.

Read more about the farmhouse plans here.

This is Back Bay’s second expansion announcement in the past year. In October, the Virginia Beach Development Authority awarded a $80,000 grant to the company for a new manufacturing facility at 1140 Loretta Lane, near Birdneck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard, close to the Oceanfront. That expansion included a capital investment of $1.965 million.

Back Bay Brewing opened in 2011 and has a lineup of beers that include Witch of Pungo, False Cape Ale and Atlantic Avenue IPA. Its collection is distributed to 250 retail locations and restaurants, according to the city.

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