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Firm to Establish First Craft Brewery in Richmond County
March 6, 2019

Old Rappahannock Brewing Company, LLC has announced that the firm will invest over $1.2 million to open a new production facility and tasting room in the Town of Warsaw. 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 and only the third in the region, creating an important new amenity for year-round residents and tourists.

As the first tenant in the former Jenkins Building, the project will bring new life to the 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. This project supports the Town’s overall economic development revitalization efforts using funds previously received from the Department of Housing and Community Development for façade improvements.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring craft beer to Warsaw and Richmond County, and even more excited to be a part of the revitalization efforts ongoing on Main Street in Warsaw,” said Old Rappahannock Brewing Company owner Andy Beale. “This project would not be feasible without the support of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Town of Warsaw and Richmond County, and we look forward to supporting our local producers and bringing high quality beer to the Northern Neck.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with the Town of Warsaw and Old Rappahannock Brewing Company on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Governor Northam approved a $50,000 grant from the AFID Fund to secure the project for Virginia, which the Town of Warsaw will match with local funds. The Town of Warsaw’s downtown revitalization efforts have also benefited from a planning grant, technical assistance, and a Community Development Block Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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