Virginia Beach brewery is expanding to make more beer

back bay brewingVirginia Beach-based Back Bay Brewing Co. is expanding to brew more craft beer, the city announced today.

Back Bay Brewing will open a new manufacturing facility at 1140 Loretta Ln. while keeping its tasting room and small-batch facility at 614 Norfolk Ave., according to the announcement. The new site is near Birdneck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard, close to the Oceanfront.

The company, which opened in 2011, 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.

“We felt the time was right to make this investment after the demand for our products is well established in the marketplace,”Josh Canada, one of the brewery’s co-founders, said in a statement. “Right out of the gate, the production facility will have a large demand for product. This facility will allow Back Bay Brewing to bring new and innovative beer styles to beer drinkers across the commonwealth and beyond.”

Back Bay Brewing Co. is the first local brewer to use locally grown hops in its brewing process, according to the city. Having a location closer to Virginia Beach’s agricultural center will bring them closer to locally sourced hops, grains and other ingredients, it said.

The Loretta Lane site will feature a 9,106-square-foot production facility for Back Bay’s beer.

The Virginia Beach Development Authority awarded a $80,000 grant to Back Bay Brewing for its capital investment of $1.965 million, as part of an incentive program that recruits businesses that conform to specifications for locating in potential accident zones around Oceana Naval Air Station, according to the announcement.

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