VIRGINIA BEACH — Jay Gates just wanted to give something back.
So he started Thin Brew Line, Virginia Beach’s newest brewery that’s opening soon. It’s the city’s first cop and first responder-themed brewery.
Gates also is the brewer.
The process of opening a brewery can be long and hard but Gates has been grateful for all the community support he and his partners have received.
While they hope to start having soft openings as early as January, there’s still a lot of work to be done, mainly getting the permits approved by the city, Gates said.
Gates has had roots in the police and first responder community for years and has been brewing beers since he was 21.
He decided with the help of friends and family members that it was time that Virginia Beach’s finest had a place that they could gather and celebrate.
“We wanted to give a sense of community to the space and we thought that this would be a cool way to give back,” Gates said.
He hopes that local police officers and first responders will use the space for retirement parties, promotion parties, birthdays and family gatherings.
Members of the police force, the fire department, EMTs and even dispatchers are welcome to share this family-friendly space.
The brewery is open to any and all who want to come spend time drinking beer and playing games, this is evident by the large green expanse of grass that will sit next to the outdoor patio.
Gates envisions people playing corn hole, giant Jenga or just letting their children run around while the families spent time together.
Each of the beers the brewery will have on tap were created by Gates and his partners.
They created these beers with a specific charity in mind and proceeds from each beer sold will go to the charity associated with that beer.
Gates wanted to make sure the brewery would give back to its community so he chose first responder- and police-themed charities such as the retired police dog foundation or the Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association Local 34.
To learn more about their beers and charities, click here.
Right now Gates is in the process of getting all of his permits in place and once he’s given the go-ahead by the city he’ll move ahead with setting the brewery up.
He already has all the equipment ready and has a series of soft openings planned for the different first responder and police precincts around the area.